We spent the past week in Albany, on the south coast of Western Australia, and noticed lots of this Woolly Bush (Adenanthos sericeus). The large shrub (or small tree if you prefer) isn’t quite what it appears. At a quick glance, you might think it was some introduced pine species with stiff leaves, and there are no flowers in sight.
But that’s all wrong – the plant is actually native to Albany and Esperance, is a Protea not a pine, and has very soft woolly leaves, and has little red flowers hidden in among the leaves. You will also see Woolly Bush as an introduced species in Perth gardens.