In Bold Park there is a lot of this low growing plant with yellow flower heads. It is called Grey Cottonhead (Conostylis candicans). This native plant grows along the West Australian coast from about Shark Bay to Albany, especially on sand and limestone soil, and is also planted commonly in gardens in Perth. It flowers from July to November.
Yesterday we went to Kings Park, which is within eyesight of the Perth CBD. We normally walk along the bushland trails, spotting wildflowers in their natural setting, but this time we went to the botanic garden section to admire the massed display of wildflowers for the Kings Park Festival.
The most popular flowers at the festival are the spectacular Everlastings (Rhodanthe chlorocephala), which grow in scattered locations across the centre of Western Australia. Their common name comes from the fact that the flowers are very papery and will last for a long time if they are dried.
Coastal Pigface (Carpobrotus virescens) grows along the southwest coast of Western Australia, from north of Geraldton to east of Esperance. This prostrate plant has fleshy leaves and striking mauve/pink flowers, which bloom from June to January. We saw this plant recently at Minim Cove Park in Perth.
You’ll find plenty of Rottnest Island Pine trees (Callitris preissii) growing around Perth, in bushland and native gardens.
If you look at them closely, you will find both male (above) and female flowers (below) on the same plant.
Along the stems there are also the smallpine cones (below), plus dead woody seed cases from previous years.