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Products > Banksia praemorsa 'Red'
Banksia praemorsa 'Red' - Red Cut-leaf Banksia
Image of Banksia praemorsa 'Red'
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Proteaceae (Proteas)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Height: 8-12 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Banksia praemorsa 'Red' (Red Cut-leaf Banksia) - A dense, upright shrub to 12 feet tall with a thick trunks and branching well from the ground up and holding 2 inch long by half in wide gray-green leathery leaves that have blunt tipped toothed margins. Large and showy 10 inch long by 3 to 4 inch wide wine-red flower heads are held both at the tips of branches and within the interior of the shrub in winter and spring. Plant in full to part sun in a moderately well draining soil (grows in clay soils if it drains) and tolerates light frost, extended dry periods, strong winds and coastal exposure. It is listed as tolerating temperatures just below 20 F at the Australian National Botanic Garden in Canberra. Plants respond to well to pruning so long as cuts are not made on bare stem but are above the lowest leaves. This is a very ornamental and adaptable plant to a wide range of conditions with flowers that attract birds and dense foliage that offers shelter. Banksia praemorsa is found growing naturally in scattered colonies along sand dunes and sea facing cliffs and hills along the south coast of Western Australia from near Albany to Cape Riche. The name for the genus is one given by Carolus Linnaeus to honor the English botanist Sir Joseph Banks, who was on Captain James Cook's first expedition to Australia and collected the first Banksia specimens in 1770 and the specific epithet is from the Latin word 'praemorsus', meaning "bitten off" in reference to the toothed truncate leaf tips. This species was first introduced into cultivation by the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in 1794 from plants grown from seed that was collected by Archiblad Menzies in 1791 on the Discovery Expedition and was first desribed in 1804 from plants growing in cultivation. We thank Troy McGregor at Waltzing Matilija Nursery for supplying us with these plants and providing the image of it for this page. 

This information about Banksia praemorsa 'Red' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.