If you go looking for Banksia flowers in Bold Park at present, you’ll find that the Slender Banksia has finished flowering and there are only a few flowers on the Acorn Banksia. But the Firewood Banksia (Banksia menziesii, shown here) still has plenty of flowers to admire. Its flowering season is Feb-Oct.
If you look carefully, you will find small Pearl Flower (Conostephium pendulum) bushes growing beside the walking trails in Bold Park. They don’t look very interesting at a quick glance, but are worth a closer inspection. They have these pretty teardrop shaped flowers, which are white with a cerise pink tip.
Last week we featured the female plant of the Dwarf Sheoak (Allocasuarina humilis), with its small red flowers. This is what the male plant looks like. It is covered in small, rusty orange coloured flowers. You can easily see both the male and female plants in flower in Bold Park at present.
Tar Bush (Eremophila glabra) is just coming into flower in Perth at present. This native plant grows in scattered areas over much of the southern half of Western Australia and has a flowering season of March to December. There are several subspecies, all with similar looking flowers, and Tar Bush can range from a low growing prostrate plant to an erect shrub.