Hakea sericea - Schrad.&J.C.Wendl.
Common Name Silky Hakea
Family Proteaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry sclerophyll forests and heaths on sandstone soils and shales[265].
Range Australia - New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria. Locally naturalized in parts of S.W. Europe.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Half Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

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Hakea sericea Silky Hakea

Hakea sericea Silky Hakea
Physical Characteristics
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Hakea sericea is an evergreen Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft 10in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Jun to July. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

H. acicularis. H. tenuifolia. Conchium aciculare. Banksia tenuifolia.

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Hedge;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Gum.

None known
Medicinal Uses
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None known


Other Uses
Gum;  Hedge;  Hedge;  Soil reclamation.

A gum, somewhat similar to gum tragacanth (which is obtained from various Astragalus spp), is obtained from the stems[64, 154]. Shrubs are planted for the reclamation of arid land in Spain and Portugal[50]. Plants are used for screening purposes in Australia[157].
Cultivation details
Succeeds in a hot dry position, requiring a lime-free soil[182]. Requires plenty of moisture in the growing season but a very well-drained soil[1]. Wind tolerant[166]. This species is not very hardy in Britain, but it succeeds outdoors in S.W. England[11]. Plants are hardy to about -7°c in Australian gardens but this cannot be translated directly to British gardens due to our cooler summers and longer, colder wetter winters. They grow well in a Mediterranean climate, with cool wet winters and hot dry summers[200]. Some forms of this species are lower growing with a tendency to sucker[157]. Sometimes confused with H. lissosperma, some plants grown as H. acicularis are H. lissosperma[11]. A good bee plant. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].
Seed - sow March in a greenhouse. Germination is usually good. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts[78]. Cuttings of mature wood[1].
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Conservation Status
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Stacy   Wed Nov 15 2006
This page is very useful to people who'd want to choose to do a project on!!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hakea
P.Subhash Chandra Bose   Fri Aug 1 2008
Hai, I, Subhash chandra Bose a research scholar from India. I need gum of hakea which is helpful for my project. Kindly tell me where it available.
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