Australian native flower spotlight
Heaven and I love natives. We love incorporating Australian natives into our bouquets from our West End florist home studio. They are hardy, beautiful and have so much character. My favourite is wattle (and flannel flower...and billy buttons) and Heaven’s fave is candlestick banksia (and Kangaroo paw...and waratahs...and thryptomene).
Many people don’t realise that Australian native flowers are highly seasonal which makes them difficult to get all year round - and a shockingly large amount of our “native” flower supply gets imported from overseas!
With people caring more about buying local, and spending more time on home soil people generally have good intentions when choosing natives, without realising that for a good chunk of the year they are being imported from places as far away as South Africa or Israel. Israel actually exports more Australian Natives than we even grow here - how wild!
Some flowers that are sold as “natives” are not actually native to Australia at all. For example, no proteas are Australian natives - they are from the same family as Banksias, Grevilleas and Waratahs, but proteas themselves originated in South Africa. Same as leucadendrons.
Here is a little calendar of the seasons of Australian native flowers to give you an idea of what you can expect from us, and when :)
Banksia - there are innumerable types of banksia, but there is usually at least one variety available year-round
Everlasting daisy/strawflower (Xerochrysum) - spring, summer, autumn
Rice flower (Ozothamnus diosmifolius)
SPRING & SUMMER
Waratah (Telopea) Ozothamnus diosmifolius
Kangaroo paw (Anigozanthos) - the first start appearing in Spring, the yellow variety is usually finished by mid-February with some green and purple varieties to be found until the end of summer.
"Red kangaroo paw flowers - anigozanthos species" by MomentsForZen is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Flannel flower (Actinotus helianthi)
Billy buttons (Pycnosorus globosus) - looks almost the same dried as it does fresh so can be used year-round
"Billy buttons at Charlotte Pass, Kosciuszko National Park" by Australian Alps is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
"245 Scholtzia involucrata, Wonnerup, Western Australia" by JohnJennings995 is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Flowering gum (corymbia)
NSW Christmas bush (Ceratopetalum gummiferum)
Swamp Foxtail Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides)
Kangaroo paw (Anigozanthos) - some kangaroo paw varieties enjoy a second flowering season in Autumn
WINTER & SPRING
Wax flower (Philotheca myoporoides)
Little drumsticks (Isopogon anemonifolius)
Emu bush (Eremophila)
This is by no means an exhaustive list, there are plenty of other native Australian stems that work well as cut flowers - anything you wish we had covered? Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Heaven & Katie