You will still find Native Wisteria (Hardenbergia comptoniana) flowering in many areas of bushland in Perth, though it is coming to the end of its season. Many of the flowers have already turned into these capsule-shaped seed pods.
We were pleased to see this flower growing in the botanic garden at Kings Park recently, since it is native to the Albany area, where we have seen it growing wild in the past. It is called Southern Cross (Xanthosia rotundifolia) and is indeed reminiscent of the stars in what must be Australia’s favourite constellation.
We recently noticed this little plant flowering at Blackboy Ridge in the Chittering Valley north of Perth. It looks a little like a thistly weed, but is actually a native plant called Blue Devils (Eryngium pinnatifidum). The flowers can be blue, mauve or white. It grows in the southwest corner of Western Australia, from about Geraldton to Albany.
We noticed this impressive Gymea Lily (Doryanthes excelsa) flowering in Kings Park last weekend. The huge flower head is made up of many flowers, and stands atop a long stem about 6m above the ground. They are native to the New South Wales Central Coast, between about Newcastle and Wollongong. We also saw the Gymea Lily below about two months ago, growing wild in the Royal National Park in Sydney.
Banksias are strange looking plants, but this one is particularly odd. It is called Couch Honeypot (Banksia dallanneyi) and mostly grows as a low, spreading plant, though it can be a more upright shrub. It grows in the southwest of Western Australia from about Geraldton to Albany, and reportedly flowers from May to October. We noticed this one in flower at Lesmurdie Falls a few weeks back.