Banksias are iconic, rugged Australian plants that have been important in the lives of peoples for thousands of years. Today, Banksias provide us with food, timber, beauty, wonder, inspiration and income. They help us to appreciate the wildness of Australia.
This definitive book includes all 78 known species of Banksia (some only recently discovered). It explains how to find, recognise and grow them, including dealing with pests and diseases. Throughout the book is the story of how they were discovered and named− a story that reflects the colourful history of Australian botanical exploration.
All species are photographed and there are portraits of all the principal players in the history of Banksia. Tables list which Banksias to grow for particular purposes such as showy flowers, groundcovers and shady places.