Western Australia is famous for its wildflowers. From the harsh red dust of the north to the cooler vineyards of the south, a wave of colour spreads down the state from June to November. In September, Kings Park explodes in a sea of colour as the wildflowers of the West put on their glorious show.
Follow any of the paths that wind their way through the natural bush of this four hundred hectare park on the edge of the city and see the wildflowers in their natural state. Australia’s national floral emblem, the wattle, adds colour to the bush at this time of the year.
Donkey Orchids are often found in large clumps in the bush. With their yellow donkey ears and brown throats, they are quite beautiful.
The Kangaroo Paw is probably the best known wildflower. The red and green variety, known as the Mangles Kangaroo Paw is our state’s floral emblem.
There are many different areas of the park to explore but for a quick visit, the Botanical Gardens is the place to go. The garden beds surrounding the grassed area leading into the Botanical Gardens, have been planted with a mix of wildflowers. Most are named to make identification easier.
The flowers of the Geraldton Wax vary in colour from white to a dark pink. Here they have their own garden where all the varying shades can be seen together with many the different varieties of the Kangaroo Paw. You’ll also see them growing wild along the bush paths.
The Pink Fairy Orchid is one of the most common orchids to be found. Hard to find in the bush, but here in the Botanical Garden, they can easily be seen, especially in the Banksia Garden
The flowers of the banksia and gum tree are so different. Personally, my favourite is the flowers of the Silver Princess Gum Tree. Eucalyptus trees such as the Jarrah and Tuart also have beautiful flowers as does the Marri tree.
The most colourful wild flower is the everlasting. Pink, yellow and white everlastings can be seen in all corners of the park with the pink everlasting putting on a magnificent show where they have been planted en masse in the sunlight.
There are over 12,000 wildflowers found in Western Australia of which over 60% are found nowhere else in the world!
These are but a few…..
If you’d like to see more photos of Western Australia’s wildflowers, Red Nomad Oz has travelled from the north of the state to the south taking photos for the Wonderful World of West Australian Wildflowers
Wildflower Trails exist all over the state during flowering season.
Being five minutes from the city, Kings Park and the Botanical Gardens are the easiest to visit but you might also like to take a road trip into the country. WA Toursim has a comprehensive brochure available on these trails which you can download from www.westernaustralia.com
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