Banksia is among the most famous floral symbols in Australia. It’s named after an English explorer and naturalist – Sir Joseph Banks, who collected and described these plants during his expedition to Australia.
Banksia is a genus of about 100 species in the Proteaceae plant family and is native to Australia and South Africa. These popular garden plants and Australian wildflowers are easily recognized by their characteristic fruity “cones” and buds as well as flower spikes.
Banksia flowers come in purple, green, red, orange, cream, yellow, or brown. Depending on the species, Banksias reach heights between 25 cm and 30 m.
The flowers usually have a honey scent and are rich in nectar. Banksias make excellent cut flowers due to their long lifespan and the shape of their flowers.