We lost one of our banksias a few weeks ago. I suspect it succumbed to the very wet weather we've been having of late. It was well over ten years old, so I can't complain. But it will be missed.
Named after William Jackson Hooker and his son Joseph Dalton Hooker, Banksia hookeriana is one of the most popular banksias in cultivation. It is also one of the most handsome. A native of Western Australia, it is a shrub to about 3 metres tall with thin, serrated leaves and large white, turning orange upon opening, inflorences of flowers.
As you can see it was truly a beautiful plant.
(Australian native plant enthusiast)