Banksia repens is one of several similar Western species with a prostrate habit of growth. It is moderately vigorous and in its natural habit may spread up to 3 metres across. The branches are horizontal and may be just below ground level giving the plant the appearance of flower spikes growing directly out of the ground.
The leaves of the plant are large and deeply lobed. Flowers are usually cream when fully open but may have pink or orange tinges at the bud stage. The flower spikes are about 100mm long by about 70mm diameter. The seeds are enclosed in follicles attached to a woody cone and are generally retained within the cone until burnt. Like many others in the genus, B.repens is a lignotuberous species (it has a woody structure at or below ground level from which regeneration of the plant occurs following fire).
B.repens is one of the few western Banksias which can be grown with some success in areas of summer rainfall. Propagation from seed is relatively easy but cuttings may be difficult to strike.
Photo: Brian Walters