Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Australian Botanic Garden

Banksia ericifolia white-flowered form

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - July

Common name heath-leaved banksia
Scientific name Banksia ericifolia subsp. macrantha (A.S.George) A.S.George
Family  Proteaceae

Genus: After Sir Joseph Banks, 1743-1820, botanist who travelled with Captain Cook.

Species: Having leaves similar to the genus Erica; from Greek, macro, large and anthos, flowered. Referring to the larger inflorescences of this subspecies.

Distribution This subspecies is from the north and mid-north coast of New South Wales.
Native habitat Occurs in coastal heaths and swampy sites where the water table is seasonally high.

This shrub grows up to 5 m high with an open habit.

Flowering/fruiting Flowers in autumn and winter

Location in Garden

Beds 161 and 167 in the Banksia Garden and in the Visitor Centre Carpark.


This form of Banksia ericifolia has unusual multiple flower spikes that mature into beautiful creamy white flowers with burgundy red styles. The flowers are prominently displayed above the green fine-leaved foliage.

The nectar rich flowers make it an excellent choice for attracting both insectivorous and honey-eating birds. It grows well in full sun with a free draining soil.