Thursday, 19 April 2012


Banksia 'Birthday Candles' is a dwarf cultivar of Banksia spinulosa var. spinulosa developed by Bill Molyneux of Austraflora Nurseries in Montrose, Victoria. It was selected in 1985 from a number of seedlings which were raised at Austraflora Nurseries in Australia, the original material hailing from Schnapper Point near Ulladulla on the New South Wales South Coast.

The cultivar is adaptable to a wide range of climatic conditions including a moderate tolerance of frost. It has a high tolerance to salt-laden coastal winds. Its height averages 18 cm, and its width 44 cm. The inflorescences are short and upright and appear on branch ends from early autumn to early spring (March to September in Australia). They are yellow, with contrasting red styles.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.


  1. They really look like candles in the first photo. I love the banksias, in whatever color and size.

  2. i kept on thinking of popsicles while looking at the photos--it's probably the heat.:p
    a perfect gift for my prickly friend. hehe

    Morning Glory

  3. I have never heard of these before! They are so interesting looking! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. They look just like candles.

  5. What an unusual looking plant. Love the name.

    Herding Cats

  6. Banksia is my favourite flower!! Beautiful shots.

  7. Gorgeous! Australian flora is so rich.

  8. Nie widziałam jeszcze takie rośliny. Jest bardzo ciekawa i ładna. Pozdrawiam.
    I've never seen such a plant. It is very interesting and pretty. Yours.


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