Australian native flower spotlight

I love incorporating Australian natives into our bouquets from our Moorooka florist home studio. They are hardy, beautiful and have so much character. My favourite is wattle (and flannel flower...and billy buttons) and Katie’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!

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

"Banksias" by robynejay is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Everlasting daisy/strawflower (Xerochrysum) - spring, summer, autumn

Australian native cut stem srtrawflower everlasting daisy

"'Bright bikini' Strawflowers, everlasting daisies. Бессмертник гелихризум" by Tatters ✾ is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Rice flower (Ozothamnus diosmifolius)

Australian native cut stem - sago rice flowers

"Sago flowers (Ozothamnus diosmifolius)" by Tatters ✾ is licensed under CC BY 2.0


Waratah (Telopea) Ozothamnus diosmifolius

Australian native cut stem Waratah

"waratah" by petrichor is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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.

Australian native cut stem red kangaroo paw

"Red kangaroo paw flowers - anigozanthos species" by MomentsForZen is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Flannel flower (Actinotus helianthi)

Australian native cut stem - flannel flower

"DSCN1611 Flannel flower (Actinotus helianthi)" by JohnJennings995 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Billy buttons (Pycnosorus globosus) - looks almost the same dried as it does fresh so can be used year-round 

Australian native cut stem billy buttons

"Billy buttons at Charlotte Pass, Kosciuszko National Park" by Australian Alps is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0


Australian native cut stem scholtzia

"245 Scholtzia involucrata, Wonnerup, Western Australia" by JohnJennings995 is licensed under CC BY 2.0


Flowering gum (corymbia)

Australian native cut stem flowering gum

"Red Flowering Gum (Corymbia ficifolia)" by Tatters ✾ is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

NSW Christmas bush (Ceratopetalum gummiferum)

Australian native cut stem NSW Christmas bush

"NSW Christmas Bush" by David Stephensen is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Swamp Foxtail Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides)

Australian native cut stem swamp reed grass

"Cola de zorro (Pennisetum alopecuroides)." by Andres Bertens is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0


Kangaroo paw (Anigozanthos) - some kangaroo paw varieties enjoy a second flowering season in Autumn


Wax flower (Philotheca myoporoides)

Australian native cut stem wax flower

"Wax Flower" by CGWF is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0


Australian native cut stem thryptomene

Little drumsticks (Isopogon anemonifolius)

Australian native cut stem little drumsticks

"Isopogon anemonifolius 031026-1259" by Tony Rodd is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0


Wattle (Acacia)

Australian native cut stem wattle

"DSC_3066 Cootamundra wattle (Acacia baileyana)" by JohnJennings995 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Emu bush (Eremophila)

Australian native cut stem emu bush

"Eremophila flowers mosaic" by Tatters ✾ is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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 

With love,