Common name: Banksia
Origin of Scientific Name
Banksia: after Sir Joseph Banks (1743 – 1820), who sailed around the world with Captain James Cook in 1768 - 1771, and collected the largest private herbarium in Europe, about 30,000 species. President of the Royal Society for over 40 years.
pilostylis: (Latin) pilus, meaning hair, referring to the hairy stems and flowers.
Banksia pilostylis is endemic to WA, found naturally occurring in areas south of the state near the town of Esperance. It grows well in white or grey/yellow sand or sandy loam soil and is commonly found in sandplains, often growing in swampy depressions.
It is a dense and compact shrub, growing from 2-4 m in both height and width. The leaves are long, saw-toothed and have a silvery underside. Banksia pilostylis blooms from October to January with a showy display of strongly scented cream to yellow flowers. This shrub produces large amounts of nectar from its spike shaped cylindrical flowers and because of this, it is a perfect addition to a garden if you hope to attract honeyeaters and other small nectar loving creatures.
- Fertilise Banksia pilostylis at time of planting with a slow release native fertiliser.
- Water while the plant is still young, especially during the first year of establishment, once established very little supplementary water is required.
- Suitable for planting in a container or garden and has potential to be used as a windbreak.
- The flowers display well as a cut flower.
- Plant in full or partial sun locations.
For more horticultural tips view our Plant Notes section.
View in Kings Park
Visit Kings Park and Botanic Garden to see Banksia pilostylis in the Western Australian Botanic Garden – Banksia Garden, or garden beds adjacent to the Wadjuk carpark (refer to map).
Want more information?
Refer to the profile for this plant on the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions' FloraBase online herbarium.