Hakea purpurea is a rigid, upright shrub that may reach a height of three metres.
The majority of leaves are either forked or divided into three segments. A few leaves may be entire. All leaves have pointed tips and are up to ten centimetres long.
Flowering extends from winter to spring. Red blooms are carried in clusters in the leaf axils. Sometimes flowers may be purplish red. They are followed by grey, woody fruits with a short upturned beak. As with all hakeas the fruits protect two winged seeds.
Hakea purpurea is said to be the most colourful eastern species.
Hakea purpurea is found in central Queensland and northern New South Wales. The New South Wales population is found in the Yetman area. This population is rather sparse. The species is more widespread in central Queensland.
Our specimen certainly attracts plenty of attention, during the flowering season,from both human and avian visitors.
Our specimen has proved to be hardy, frost resistant and free flowering. Once established the species has low water requirements.
Propagate from seed. We have yet to try cutting propagation.
The type specimen was collected by Thomas Mitchell along the Warrego River near Mount Franklin, Queensland in 1846.