Dryandra sessilis – Parrot Bush

This large shrub or small tree which grows to around six metres is now known as Banksia sessilis. It has prickly holly-like leaves and rounded pale yellow brush flowers. It blooms heavily from winter to late spring, and is nectar rich and attracts wildlife. Parrots eat the seed as well. It needs to be grown in well drained soil as it is very susceptible to Phytophthora. Tolerates drought and frost, and likes alkaline soils.


Family : Proteaceae
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Plant Type : Small tree, Large shrub
Width : 5
Flowering Time : Spring, Winter
Soil Type : Sandy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Saline
Climate Zone : Warm temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Spreading
Soil Moisture : Well-drained
Special Uses : Cut flower, Honey producing plant
Scientific Name: Dryandra sessilis
Common Name : Parrot Bush
Height : 6
Flower Color : Cream, Yellow
pH Level : Neutral, Alkaline
Plant Environment : Low maintenance garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Light : Sunny, Light shade
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Attracts Wildlife : Bees, Nectar eating birds, Seed eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects, Mammals