Australia is a beautiful country with a diverse landscape and nature unmatched around the globe. It is a botanists’ dream to come to Australia because there are so many species of plants that they have not been able to name them even yet. They think that there are more than 30,000 different species of plants. Many of them can only be found in Australia and nowhere else in the world. The native flowers have adorned the homes in Australia for centuries, but have become increasingly popular in the last century until now.

Each state has many distinct native Australian flowers, but it appears that Western Australia has become known for its diversity in flowers. You will find more than 12,000 species in Western Australia alone with many more yet to be named. Some of the native species are kangaroo paw, Geraldton Waxflower and much more. Many of the wildflowers will bloom between July and October and many consider it to be a natural wonder to behold. The flowers that are north of Geraldton will start to bloom in July.

The Most Common Flowers

While there are thousands of species, there are only about 30 native Australian flowers that are used by the floral industry. The flowers used mostly widely are:
• Geraldton waxflower
• Banksia
• Kangaroo Paw
• Thryptomene
• Boronia
• Waratah

Many of the standard flowers that are used as the centerpiece of an arrangement are usually not found in Australia. However, the native flowers are usually used as fillers. The most popular filler would probably be the Geraldton waxflower. It is used both when the flower is still in its bud and when it’s open. Some other fillers include the Thryptomene, Hypocalymma, Verticordia, Crowea and others. Eucalyptus is also used quite often as fillers.

You will also find some native flowers that are used as the focal piece of an arrangement. These are usually very colourful flowers and they are Christmas Bells, the Gymea lily, Banksias and Waratahs.

Here is a list flowers that are native and commonly used in arrangements:
• Acacia
• Beaufortia
• Callistemon
• Christmas Bells
• Christmas Bush
• Crowea
• Dryandra
• Eriostemon
• Everlasting Daisies
• Flannel Flower
• Geleznowia
• Grevillea
• Gymea Lily
• Hypocalymma
• Ixodia
• Lambs Tails
• Rice Flower
• Smokebush
• Stirlingia
• Thryptomene
• Verticordia

How To Care For Native Flowers

You will find that most native Australian flowers have a woody stem and they must be cut with secateurs that are quite sharp. Then they must be placed immediately in water. You should not smash or split open the ends of the woody stems. The flowers should also be kept cool.

Remove all of the leaves from the bottom half of each of the stems. Then you should cut 2 cm at least from the bottom and then place in cold water. If you have a flower preservative this should be used, as well. It is also important to replace the water each day with preservative and fresh water. These are very thirsty flowers.
While many flowers are sensitive and should not be around ethylene gas, most of these native flowers are not sensitive to the gas. However, there are only two exceptions to this. The Waratah flower and also the Waxflower are quite sensitive and should be kept away from fruit or cars (because of the exhaust) and also cigarette smoke.

The Seasons For The Native Flowers

There are six separate periods in which you will be able to find the native Australian flowers in bloom. Some of the species overlap in period and the ability to find them available depends on how the weather was for that season. At times, you will find that if the weather has come into season sooner rather than later and then some of the flowers may have advanced their bloom or the opposite may also happen.

January and February – You will find Banksia and also Rickrack in great abundance during this time. Other species include the Paper Daisy or the Bracteantha bracteata in their many colours of white, yellow, and pink. Also found are Sholtzia, Anigozanthos spp or Kangaroo Paw and many Eucalyptus hybrids like Summer Beauty and Summer Red. The Beaufortia Sparsa or Swamp Flame Flower, Umbrella Fern, Qld Fire Wheel and Forest Lace are all beautiful and in full bloom at this time.
March, April and May – Tea Tree plant or Agonis juniperina has beautiful dark green and black foliage and is in full bloom at this time. You will also find Banksia and Port Wine, in addition to Golden Banksia or B. prionotes. Lilly Pilly, Wax Flowers as well as Victorian Lace can be found during this period.
June and July – These months will give you the Gymea Lily or Doryanthes excels in addition to many different Banksias. The Anigozanthus manglesii or Red and Green Kangaroo Paw is also available and also Coccinea, Hookers, Silver Prince and Hinchinbrook. Many flowers from the rainforest like Grevillea baileyana, Athertonia and Lomatia can also be found.
August and September – Kangaroo Paw is in abundance at this time and you can find many different varieties from medium to tall and in many different colours. Boronia, Brimstone Blush, Passion and Sweet Sixteen can also be seen.
October and November – Spring is nearly over but you will still find many flowers. Kangaroo Paw, Big Red and Yellow Gem can all be found, as well as Rice Flower, Rottnest Island Daisy and Flannel Flower.
December – Christmas brings a number of native flowers. The Dorrigo Waratah and Flowering Gums are available in many colours. You can still find Banksia flowers in addition to New South Wales Christmas Bush. This comes in a bright and beautiful red just in time for Christmas.

As you can see, no matter which time of the year you are in, you can find something perfect. Whichever variety you choose, you are bound to find beautiful native Australian flowers to adorn your home and bring life to any occasion.