Every year around about spring depending how warm your climate is; begins the largest wildflower show on earth; the Western Australian wildflower season. The largest state in Australia with approximately 1/3 of Australia’s landmass has a biodiversity of plants that means most plants are endemic only to that part of the country. The flowering season starting in June in the Pilbara area of the state, usually reaches Perth the main city in September and the far south by November.
The flower show that the state puts on is on such a big scale that in a good year it can be seen from outer space. But it’s not only that they can be seen from outer space. Western Australian wildflowers have such a distinct form that whatever shape they are they will leave a permanent impression in your mind. With around 60% of the states flowers being endemic to the state and over 12,000 species, while the eastern states flora usually is shared over many states and regions.
Where to go?
This year has been a good year for the flower show thanks to some consistent rain. While the Pilbara, Carnarvon have done their thing, Geraldton and south almost finished, it is time to focus on Perth region. Kings Park is definitely the place to go to see what you can find, and find out there names at the same time. Western Australia’s best park will put on a great sow for you. Rottnest Island is also a great place to catch the flowers and see a few quokkas at the same time. Yanchep and Yalgorup National Parks north and south of the city, the Swan Valley and Lesmurdie Falls and Noble Falls trails in the hills of Perth, and also a few in Floreat in the city area. Wave Rock has a few trails. For later displays try the national parks around Pemberton, Denmark and Esperance to get you to the November period.
The more well known and widely seen flowers are the Wreath Lechenaultia and the everlasting daisies and Brachyscome. Some of the other spectacular plants are the Geraldton wax flower, Kangaroo Paw, Verticordias of many colours, Isopogon, Conospermum, Calamthamnus, Darwinia, the most spectacular Banksias of colour and size in Australia, Parakeelya and an inexhaustible list of plants
We could tell you a whole lot more but since we are talking about plants what better way than to let the plants do the talking
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