Cauliflower Hakea, Hakea corymbosa
Although not always the case, hakeas tend to grow in areas of periodic flooding or in seepage zones, whereas most grevilleas prefer better drainage. This adaptation to low lying areas does not necessarily mean they are more difficult to grow, as typically these habitats are ephemeral regarding the presence of moisture and often dry out completely during summer, meaning most hakeas are really tough, being able to withstand wet and dry conditions.
Variable-leaved Hakea, Hakea varia
I regard myself as being very lucky to have a third Hakea growing with the above Cauliflower and Variable-leaved Hakeas. It too has honey scented flowers and highly variable foliage, however growth wise it is a more normal spreading shrub to around 2 metres in height. Its name is Hakea trifurcate or the Two-leaf Hakea. Note the broad leaves alongside the finely divided ones. These can vary tremendously, with some plants being mainly broad leaved, whilst others all finely divided. There seems to be little reason why this should be so, other than those plants with broad foliage tend to occupy the better watered areas. These hakeas are widespread in the WA Wheatbelt and prefer seepage zones, often around swamps.
Two-leaf Hakea, Hakea trifurcate
As with grevilleas, Hakea flowers vary in composition, forming long or short brushes, plus large and small flower clusters. Hakea flowers also come in a variety of colors, plus some have highly colorful foliage.
Royal Hakea, Hakea victoria