If you are looking for a lower growing banksia with wonderful flowers ‘Little Eric’ is certainly one to consider.
Large cylindrical cone like flowers in winter to spring, orange flowers red to deep crimson/maroon styles on what can be described as a a medium to small banksia variety.
‘Little Eric’ will reach around 1.5m to 2m in height, however it can be pruned to a more a compact size. It will spread to around 1.5m over time.
With dense foliage it provides a habitat for smaller birds and will attract t honey eating birds and insects to the garden when in flower.
This is a very genius flowering banksia, smaller growing than the Banksia ericifolia species itself but still with a wonderful display of flowers.
Use it in the garden border, as a low hedge or screen or grow this one in a container in a sunny courtyard.
How to Grow Banksia ericifolia ‘Little Eric’
Choose a position with a well drained soil and full sun.
- Prepare soil by adding extra drainage material if needed.
- Plant at the same height as in the pot.
- Water in well
- Mulch around the plant to help suppress weeds.
Use a specialist native plant fertiliser (low phosphorus)
Best pruned immediately after flowering or in autumn.
- Botanical Name – Banksia ericifolia ‘Little Eric’
- Common Names – Banksia ‘Little Eric’
- Position – Full Sun
- Soil – Well drained, slightly acidic.
- Height – To 2 around metres in height.
- Spread – To 2 around metres.
- Flowers – Large orange to red.
- Flowering time – From spring through summer into autumn.
- Foliage – Dense, mid to deep green.
- Frost tolerant – Yes
- Drought tolerant – Yes once established.