The Banksia is a very desirable class of small trees or shrubs, native of Australia. It has handsome serrated leaves (covered with white down) and brilliant masses of feathery-looking flowers making a pleasing effect in the garden or shrubbery.
In Australia the Banksia is known as the Scrub Honeysuckle from the fact that when the cylindrical-shaped flowers are in full bloom they contain a sweet honey-like liquid.
The genus contains many varieties and grows in any soil well drained even if it be the poorest sand.
Propagate by seeds, which should be sown as soon as received, in soil composed of half sand and half leaf-mold; cover the seeds one-quarter of an inch deep and place them in a cold frame. When the seedlings are one inch high, pot them singly in two-inch pots.