The distinctive Pin Cushion Flower of Hakea laurina

This must be one of the most recognisable Australian native flowers, its incredible two toned spherical flower pops out at you from quite a distance. I love Hakea laurina it is such an obvious Australian bloom, it lasts well cut in a vase and looks fascinating even in bud.

These images are taken of a couple of specimens I have seen in Hobart, unfortunately this is a native plant that likes the southern states more than the humid north. However, there are now grafted forms available of Hakea laurina that should be less susceptible to fungal diseases and rot.

The straight species will grow to 4-6 metres high and 2-3 metres wide, it has a slightly weeping habit with leathery, green to bluish-green leaves and enjoys an open full sun to part shade position in a well drained soil.

The flowers are prolific attracting birds, bees and other insects, Hakea laurina begins flowering in Winter and carries through until Spring.

Hakea laurina makes a useful screening plant or can be under pruned into a small feature tree, there is also a dwarf form available called ‘Stockdale Sensation’. Hakea laurina is tolerant of heavy frost and high winds, it appreciates a light prune after flowering.

3 thoughts on “The distinctive Pin Cushion Flower of Hakea laurina

  1. Rachael on

    Hi There,
    I love hake laurina and would love to out it into my small/medium garden
    Is it possible to keep a hake laurina pruned to a size of 3m x 2m (or even smaller), if you can’t get a hold of a hake laurina stockade sensation – or would this negatively effect the flowering /habit of the plant, or just be difficult to acheive?

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Rachael,

      I don’t see why you shouldn’t be able to keep it pruned at around 3 metres. Regular pruning would strengthen the branches and enable the plant to withstand stronger winds and other stressful weather.

      Best Wishes,


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