H.mitchellii.JPG (39600 bytes)Hakea mitchellii: is a member of the Proteaceae family and was previously known as Hakea muelleriana. Desert Hakea is the species common name.
Hakea mitchellii is a tall, rounded shrub with narrow-linear leaves with a sharp point. Occasionally plants will carry some broader flat leaves.
Creamy-white flowers are carried in clusters at the base of the leaves in spring. Flowering is often profuse. Woody fruits follow the flowers and they are elliptical, in shape, with a fragile beak. Each fruit contains two winged seeds.
Hakea mitchellii could be cultivated as a screening plant. The dense prickly foliage is ideal nesting habitat for small native birds.
Hakea mitchellii occurs in South Australia, Kangaroo Island and western Victoria.
We came across the Desert Hakea some years ago when travelling in western Victoria. The plant illustrated was grown from seed collected on this trip. Collecting the woody fruits proved to be a painful horticultural experience because of the prickly, protective foliage.
Propagate from seed and probably cuttings.