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Hakea francisiana - Grass-leaf Hakea
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Proteaceae (Proteas)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Synonyms: [H. multilineata, Hort.]
Height: 10-16 feet
Width: 6-12 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Hakea francisiana (Grass-leaf Hakea) Large shrub 15 feet tall with upright branches bearing long broad linear silver green leaves that are held erect and 4 inch long racemes of deep pink flowers rising from the leaf axils in winter and spring. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil where it can tolerate alkalinity and light to heavy frosts (hardy to around 18 F) and requires little irrigation once established. Only lightly prune as heavy pruning can be damaging to this plant. Grass-leaf Hakea is very popular in cultivation in Australia and it is described in Rodger Elliot and David Jones' Australian Encyclopaedia of Australian Plants (Vol 5. Lothian Press, 1990) as being "one of the most eye-catching of the hakeas when in full bloom". It makes a great specimen plant for the garden and is attractive to nectar feeding birds. It occurs in the wild in arid to semi-arid regions of southern Western Australia and central and western South Australia on sandy, gravely soils or clay loams. The name for the genus honors Baron Christian L. von Hake, a 18th and 19th century German patron of botany and the specific epithet honors Charles Fraser, the first superintendent of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. Image on this page courtesy of Jo O'Connell of Australian Native Plant Nursery This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Hakea francisiana.