As spring comes to an end, the peak wildflower season for Perth is definitely over. However there are still plenty of wildflowers to be found. Coastal Honeymyrtle (Melaleuca systena, above) still has its lemon-yellow flowers, and Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata, below) is also in flower.
There are tiny triggerplants flowering in the undergrowth, like this Fan-leaved Triggerplant (Stylidium striatum).
There is plenty of Marno (Daviesia divaricate) covered in small yellow/brown flowers with distinct yellow “eyebrows”.
Slender Banksia (Banksia attenuate, aka Candle Banksia) is in flower, and very popular with the bees.
And there also a few flowers on the Bull Banksia (Banksia grandis) with its deeply serated leaves.
You may also spot his pretty Sand-dune Fringed Lily (Thysanotus arenarius).
We went for a walk in Bold Park yesterday. The orchids that were so noticeable last month have finished flowering, but there are plenty of other wildflowers in bloom at present. One-sided Bottlebrush (above) is about as good as it gets, and Parrot Bush (below) still has plenty of flowers though it is a bit past its best.
Diplopeltis huegelii is covered in delicate pink flowers.
Coastal Honeymyrtle is past its best, but still putting out plenty of flowers.
Hairy Yellow Pea is prettier (and less hairy) than you might guess from its common name.
And if you are lucky, you may see some Red-tailed Black Cockatoos feasting on the seed pods of Eucalyptus and Banskia species.
There are plenty of spectacular spring wildflowers in Bold Park at present. The Donkey Orchids (above) are having the best year that we can remember, and the Pink Fairy Orchids are looking good too.
If you look carefully, you will find Granny Bonnets hiding in the undergrowth.
Geraldton Wax, with its pink waxy flowers, is in full bloom.
Yellow Tailflower is covered in masses of striking flowers.
The delicate Diplopeltis huegelii below (sorry, it doesn’t have a common name as far as we know) is looking very pretty in pink. And there are heaps more. You can find all these flowers along the Zamia Trail walk.
We went for a hike at Lesmurdie Falls Mundy Regional Park in the Perth Hills a few days back. The wildflowers are in spectacular bloom at present.
There were masses of Sticky Starflower (Calytrix glutinosa, above) growing beside the walking trails on the north side of the falls and creek.
Couch Honeypot (Banksia dallanneyi), an odd prostrate Banksia, was in flower in a few places.
There were a number of carnivorous Drosera species, including the pretty Pink Rainbow (Drosera menziesii) above. The insect on the flower isn’t in danger of being eaten – the leaves shown below are the part of the plant that traps insects.
And we also spotted Diplopeltis huegelii (no common name that we know of) growing in some places. You can also see plenty of this plant flowering in Perth’s Bold Park at present.
We also noticed that Grevillea crithmifolia is flowering here in Perth at present. We saw this one during a visit to Lake Claremont during the past week, but you will also find it growing in both Kings Park and Bold Park.
Spring is still four weeks away, but there are already plenty of wildflowers in bloom here in Perth. Walking around Lake Claremont earlier this week, we noticed that Two-leaf Hakea (Hakea trifurcata) is nicely in flower.
You can easily see where this plant gets its common name – there are clearly two types of leaves – thin spiky ones and flattish ones that look like pea pods. Two-leaf Hakea can also be found in Kings Park and Bold Park.
The reported flowering season for Native Wisteria (Hardenbergia comptoniana) is July-Oct. However this twining/climbing plant got off to an early start this year – it has been flowering in Kings Park and Bold Park for most of June. The plant is common in coastal areas of the southwest of Western Australia, from about Dongara to Albany.