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The cv Giant Candles (Banksia spinulosa x ericifolia) is a cultivar which arose spontaneously, but occasionally occurs as a natural hybrid in the central coast and central tablelands of NSW.

This cultivar arose spontaneously in the grounds of a Brisbane nursery, the parent species are probably B. ericifolia var. ericifolia and B. spinulosa var. spinulosa. It is well-known for its extremely large flower spikes which can easily become 40 cm long.

Banksia ‘Giant Candles’, Australian Botanic Garden
cv Giant Candles (Banksia spinulosa x ericifolia)
cv Giant Candles (Banksia spinulosa x ericifolia), Mount Annan Botanic Garden, New South Wales

A large shrub that can grow to approximately 5 m x 5 m with large flower spikes that are are deep bronzy-orange, appearing from late autumn through winter.

It thrives as far south as Melbourne, although it dislikes heavy frost and will need a protected position in colder inland climates.

cv Giant Candles (Banksia spinulosa x ericifolia)
cv Giant Candles (Banksia spinulosa x ericifolia), The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, NSW
cv Giant Candles (Banksia spinulosa x ericifolia)
cv Giant Candles (Banksia spinulosa x ericifolia), The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, NSW

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Clade: Tracheophytes
  • Clade: Angiosperms
  • Clade: Eudicots
  • Order: Proteales
  • Family: Proteaceae
  • Subfamily: Grevilleoideae
  • Tribe: Banksieae
  • Genus: Banksia
  • Parent Species:
    • B. ericifolia var. ericifolia
    • B. spinulosa var. spinulosa
  • Species: Banksia spinulosa x ericifolia

Footnote & References

  1. Banksia ‘Giant Candles’, Australian Botanic Garden, https://www.australianbotanicgarden.com.au/plants/flowering-calendar/banksia-giant-candles