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 noticed this pretty Sand-dune Fringed Lily growing beside the Zamia Trail in Bold Park recently. It grows along the southwest coast of Western Australia, from about Geraldton to Albany, and flowers in May/October-December.
Prickle Lily (Acanthocarpus preissii) has finished flowering for this year, since its official flowering season is April-May. However the yellow-green fruit, which are now very noticeable on this native plant, are almost as interesting as the flowers were.
We have noticed this plant growing in many places recently, including Bold Park (beside the Zamia Trail, where these photos were taken), in Kings Park and on Buckland Hill. At a glance it just looks like a grassy weed, but it is actually a native plant.
It is called Prickle Lily (Acanthocarpus preissii) and does indeed have rather sharp, spiky leaves. It looks quite interesting up close, with its fishbone shaped shoots and small, cream-white flowers.
We noticed lots of this Sand-dune Fringed Lily (Thysanotus arenarius) flowering in the undergrowth at Bold Park when we were there recently. The flowers look similar to Pattersons’ Fringed Lily, which we featured previously, but that plant is a creeper. Sand-dune Fringed Lily is a perennial herb.
We noticed lots of these Purple Tassels (Sowerbaea laxiflora) in flower last time we walked through the bushland at Bold Park. They are a fairly common wildflower in the southwest of Western Australia. As their name suggests, they have bunches of pretty purple flowers.
The Blueboy wildflowers that we featured yesterday are sometimes used for support by climbing plants. In Bold Park yesterday we noticed this Patterson’s Fringed Lily (Thysanotus patersonii) climbing up a Blueboy. The pretty lily is a leafless perennial.