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19 Beautiful Australian Native Flowers

Australian native flowers are big, bold, colorful, and amazing. Displaying stunning blooms and textured leaves, Australian native plants are an amazing option for both the garden and the vase.

Australia is very rich in its flora and fauna, so, if you are a flora lover you will get across some of the most beautiful flowering plants, Native plants, striking flowers, and the early spring season for the beautiful burst of native flowers.

Australian Native Flowers

Flowering plants are probably the most popular types of plants amongst everyone, who doesn’t love a burst of colors in their garden or pot. Australia is rich in its flora and hence you get to see all types of Australian native flowers in different colors.

Australian Native Flowers
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Whether it is for wedding bouquets, a gift of native flowers bouquet to someone, or even when you are welcoming someone to Australia, native flowers are a great option to do so. Australia also has all types of plants, shrubs, and trees alongside flowering plants.

Below is a list of the 19 popular Australian native flowers to choose from.

1. Wattle

Holding wattle flowers is like holding a ray of sunshine in your hands. Acacia pycnantha is the scientific name of the golden wattle and is also known as mimosa, thorn tree. The golden wattle is Australia’s floral emblem and Australia’s national flower.

The wattle grows in south Australia and south wales and across much of Victoria. The acacia itself has around 750 different species. Many species of wattles are also used for fuels, medicinal purposes, woodcraft, and food. The Wattle

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From a very young age, Wattles produces a bunch of bright yellow flowers, making your garden burst into the color of sunshine from early September. This is also the same time as National Wattle Day which is on the 1st of September. On 1st September 1988, The golden wattle was officially announced as Australia’s national floral emblem.

The blooming of the wattle in spring was also used as a signal for the arrival of whales on the coast and also for the appearance of eels in the river. The wattle can also be in a cold climate, so it is also the perfect option to grow in your garden during late winter. The golden wattle is also famous amongst native birds and insects they love to sit on it.

2. Waratah

The beautiful waratah displays blood-red flower heads which is a cluster of closely packed small red flowers that are sitting atop of red base. Waratah also grows in pink, orange, bicolor, and white shades. In New South Wales, Waratah is the state flower.

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Waratah is also famous for bouquets, florists love adding waratah to wedding bouquets or cut flower arrangements because of their shape and striking color.

Waratah grows best in part-sun as only a few waratahs can tolerate full sun. They grow in Late Spring and display striking red color and are a great option to grow in your garden.

3. Kangaroo paws

Stunning, blooming, evergreen, the popular native flower kangaroo paw is the state flower of Western Australia. The name sits it right as it is amongst Australian native flowers. The kangaroo paw is called Anigozanthos, its scientific name.

Kangaroo Paws flower
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All the species of kangaroo paws have sharp leaves and tubular flowers. They are found in many colors, single color or bi-colored and sometimes even in tri-colored forms, in red, orange, pink, green, yellow, and near-white.

Kangaroo paws would grow better in slightly acidic soils with good drainage and full sun exposure. So, if you are growing kangaroo paw, grow it in slightly acidic soil types or large pots or bowls. Make sure to remove old flowers once they have faded. The Kangaroo paw is a high source of food, nectar, and energy for native birds, mammals, and insects.

4. BottleBrush

A very popular native plant, the bottlebrush gets its name from the red, vibrant flower it produces which closely resembles bottle cleaning brushes. Bottlebrushes are among hardy plants and a low-maintenance plant that can thrive even in damp conditions.

Bottlebrush Flower
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Its scientific name is Callistemon. Bottlebrush blooms in early spring and is also a rich option for birds as it supplies nectar. The bottlebrush is an Australian native flower, the C. sieberi is a rare species of bottlebrush that bears a light shade of yellow flowers.

5. Australian Honeysuckles Banksia

True Australian native flower, Banksia got its name from its huge bronze-orange flower spikes. Australian honeysuckles can grow in light shade but will produce more flowers if placed in a sunny location.

They come in various forms and sizes from medium-sized shrubs to spreading ground covers for wedding, party, and funeral arrangements.

They are also known as giant candles because of their 4m tall shrub and large flower spikes. They also have a dwarf species known as Cherry Candles. Cherry candles are a popular option for pots or in-ground. Plant it under full sun and in well-draining soil.

6. Wax Flowers

Wax flowers are flowering shrubs growing many blooms in a year. They are long-lasting shrubs and also come in a variety of colors. They come in pink, lilac, and fuchsia color and are a beautiful option for a bouquet.

They can make a bouquet stand out and are often a great choice for a wedding bouquet as they are a symbol of everlasting love and patience. It is a popular option for rustic-themed weddings.

Wax flowers are a crowd favorite between insects, bees, and birds because of their sweet fragrance and high nectar content. Wax flowers usually bloom from late winter to spring.

7. Sturt’s Desert Pea

Sturt’s Desert Pea is a red Australian native flower and is known for its vivid and bright color. It is famous for its blood-red eye-catching petals with a black pea-like center.

Sturt’s desert pea is the floral emblem of South Australia and is used for many prints. You will find its print on the state’s coat of arms and in many stationeries, posters, tattoos, and bookmarks. Full sun and good drainage is a need to grow this flower, so this plant is a bit difficult to grow at home.

8. Little Sapphire

Little Sapphire or Trigger Grass is an Australian Native flowering plant displaying deep pink flowers above its blue foliage. Its scientific name is Stylidiym graminifolium. It can grow in a full sun position in most the soils.

It is famous for its name trigger grass because of its trigger actions. Whenever any insect lands on it, the flowers are triggered and spring upwards with an explosion of pollen on the insect’s head so that the plant can disperse its pollen. Once the tip pruning is done, remove dead leaves and flowers.

9. Silver Spurflower

Silver spurflower or Plectranthus argentatus is an Australian native flower. It is among the rare blue Australian native plant. It comes from the mint family plant and can be easily identified by its pale blue and white petals with beautiful silvery gray leaves.

This flowering plant is a great option for an ornamental plant or a cut flower for kitchen décor. The silver spurflower is a great option for a kitchen centerpiece.

When in the garden it creates a beautiful shimmery gleam and can be easily grown in part shade and has a spreading habit.

10. Grevilleas

Grevilleas also called spider flowers are shaped like a pink coil. Grevilleas are small shrubs and have a vast diversity ranging from tall trees to small ground covers.

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They are hardy plants and are easier to grow year-round. It’s famous amongst honeyeater insects and birds. Grevilleas are lightly pruned in the hot season to maintain their shape and size. It is the perfect choice to replace with a rose on your coffee table.

11. Aussie Box

Aussie Box is also known as Westringia is a popular Australian native shrub displaying clusters of lilac flowers that bloom throughout spring and summer. These delicate-looking flowers are hardy and can survive drought.

Aussie box produces tiny mauve flowers whole year-round and is a popular choice in coastal and seaside homes. Aussie box grows well in full sun and suits most soil types and can withstand frost and drought. It is a good option for garden beds.

12. Pink Rock Lily

The pink rock lily is a famous choice in spas. The pink rock lily originates from the orchid family and is also called the ‘pink rock orchid’. It has flower spikes, and each flower contains one to twelve scented blooms spaced evenly along with the spike.

The pink rock lily can be found in pure white, pink, or purple color and is one of the most loved Australian native flowers across the world and also among locals.

The pink rock lily is a popular choice to keep at home and is also not a fussy plant. You can also keep the cut flowers of the rock lily; you need to hydrate then positioned them away from direct heat or sunlight. The blooming seasons for rock lily come from August to November.

13. Billy Buttons

The Billy buttons produce yellow flower heads and are a member of the daisy family although it is hard to imagine them coming from the daisy family.

They look fun and playful and that makes them a great option for good-cut flowers. They are also a great choice for bouquets, boutonnieres, and floral decorations.

14. Pink Common Heath

The pink common heath is one of the most famous Australian native purple flowers. The pink common heath is known as the floral emblem of Victoria and has a pink-bell-shaped structure and a slender stem. These plants grow well in sandy soil and full sun or part shade.

15. Lilly Pilly

Lilly Pilly is also known as the Australian cherry is an evergreen tree and is famous for having purplish-red edible fruit that closely resembles a berry.

Lilly pilly has glossy leaves and produces fragrant white flowers in summer. Before the plant bears fruit, you will see the Lilly Pillies in full bloom. Lilly pilly bear feathery flower instead of petals with thread-like strands which looks similar to a dandelion.

16. Canberra Bells

Canberra bells and Australian native fuchsia flowers are known for their bell-shaped form and are very easy to spot with their two-toned cream-and-red color.

This flower produces enough nectar and is famous among birds, butterflies, insects, and bees. Canberra bells bloom from late summer through winter. They are famous in coastal areas and are an excellent option to add to the garden.

17. Eucalyptus

Australian Native Flowers
Closeup of Eucalyptus globulus with flowers and leaves

Eucalyptus or Spinning Gum is among the Australian Native flower and is an evergreen tree. This flower originates in New South Wales, Tasmania. Tasmania has announced it as a rare plant and is a threatened species.

According to the sources, there is only 100 Eucalyptus tree left in Tasmania. Leaves and stems of Eucalyptus are quite used in wedding décor but the floral arrangements are equally beautiful.

Instead of growing a petal, the flower has pink clusters of stamens that give the flower a graceful appearance. The Eucalyptus caesia specie is the perfect choice to grow in your backyard or your garden. The plant displays colorful blossoms during winter.

18. Desert Flame

Desert flame is amongst the yellow Australian native flowers displaying yellow-gold floral clusters and beautiful silver foliage. This beautiful flower looks like a small fuzzy button and is a pleasure to the eyes.

It grows well in large spaces and will make an excellent and attractive ground cover in your garden. Desert flame grows best in part shade or full sun position in your garden. You can also use it to cut flowers and also to make bouquets.

19. New Christmas Bush

New Christmas Bush, a small tree, or a small shrub can vary from species to species. The new Christmas bush makes a great screening plant, and the flowers appear throughout the summer after the small white flowers disappear after spring.

They grow best in full sun or part shade along with regular watering and organically enriched soil. The green color under the flower looks equally beautiful. The plant makes thicker and bushier stems and is a great choice for gift bouquets. The cluster it displays is equally beautiful.

Flowers and Beauty

This was the list of the best and most beautiful Australian native flowers, but the list just does not end here. The amazing rich flora and fauna of Australia have even more hidden gems. Australia is an amazing place to visit. So, if you are visiting Australia, make sure to check these native beauties before leaving. You can also check out these amazing facts about uluru.




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