Banksia baxteri

Common name: Baxter's Banksia or Bird's Nest Banksia


Banksia baxteri in Kings Park. Photo: D. Blumer.View image slideshow

Origin of Scientific Name

Banksia - after Sir Joseph Banks (1743 - 1820), famous English botanist and naturalist.

baxteri - after William Baxter, an English gardener/botanical collector, who collected the type specimen near King George Sound in WA in 1829.


Banksia baxteri is a medium to large shrub growing approximately 1.7 - 4 metres in height. This species is non-lignotuberous and totally reliant on seed for regeneration. It has very attractive, grey-green, severely triangularly-lobed leaves. While most Banksia inflorescences appear as cylindrical spikes, baxteri is rather unique with its yellow-green, hemispherical terminal heads to 4 cm long by 8.5 cm wide.


The south coast of Western Australia from the Stirling Range in the west to the Oldfield River in the east. Refer to the distribution map for this species via the FloraBase online herbarium.

Flowering Season

December to May.


This species prefers deep, sandy, well-drained soil. It responds well to light pruning after flowering, but pruning too hard can kill them. The striking, long-stemmed terminal inflorescences make this species very popular with the cut-flower industry and they are often dyed different colours. It is one of the easier banksias to grow, primarily by seed.


This species is fast growing and ideal for screening and windbreaks or can be contained by planting in pots.

View in Kings Park

This species can be viewed in the Banksia Garden within the Western Australian Botanic Garden.

Banksia baxteri in flower in Kings Park. Photo: M. Seale. Banksia baxteri new growth. Photo: M. Seale.