Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers LLC was established in 1999 and is now one of California's largest supplier of South African and Australian floral products and plants. Over 200 varieties of these unique native plants are grown, harvested and shipped throughout the United States and Canada. Known for their exceptional value and long vase life, our products create a dramatic impact when placed in arrangements, bouquets or displays.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Banksia is named in honor of Sir Joseph Banks, who collected the first banksia specimens at Botany Bay during Captain Cook’s 1770 voyage.They are truly one of the best known and spectacular genera in the Australian plant family Proteaceae with nearly 170 species.These Australian wildflowers grow naturally in and around most of Australia’s coastal regions.Some varieties have growth habits similar to ground cover, others like shrubs and some trees.They can now be found in a wide variety of landscapes.Banksia flowers are generally shaped like a cylinder, large acorn or bottle brush and range in size from 4” to 12”.Colors range from silvery green through brilliant gold, yellows and orange to violet, deep red and even black tones.Banksia foliage varies greatly from small and piney to long and narrow to large, leathery and with deep serrated teeth.Unlike most of southern Australian wildflowers the main flush of flowers come not in spring but in summer, autumn and winter.Not only are these flowers colorful and full of texture, they offer a long-lasting performance as a single stemmed presentation, weaved into a fall wreath, or combined with other traditional flowers.