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Australian Native Plants

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A grevillea flower shown close up

A grevillea flower shown close up

Australian Native Plants

Since I was a very young child growing up in the Australian bush my passion has been garden orientated and more especially with Australian native plants.

Australia has many unique Native Plants, however because we live in such an immense place not all Native Plants are indigenous.
We have a number of native plants growing in our garden and our local area and bushland has many beautiful native plants to admire.

I have selected a number of my favorites to share with you :

  • Grevillea
  • Kangaroo Paw
  • Australian Tree Fern
  • Alyogyne Huegelii

I hope that you enjoy them as much as we do in reality :)


Grevillea

Grevillea are a plant or shrub that can grow tall or be prostrate. These plants come in a variety of colors and a particular favorite of mine is the ‘Robyn Gordon’ which has a red fading to gold color?
The one in my garden at the moment is an upright and it attracts so many species of birds.
It is wonderful to sit and watch the birds collecting the nectar, The Wattle birds seem to hang upside down,they do look sweet and make you smile.
There are so many and varied colors in the Grevillea family and they are all beautiful.
Another variety we have in the garden is called ‘Moonlight’ and stands at over 2 meters tall.
Grevillea do not like to be transplanted, as nine times out of ten they will die.

Kangaroo Paw

Kangaroo Paw

Kangaroo Paw

Although a native of Western Australia they grow very nicely in my garden.
We have just put a fairly new variety in the garden, it has a dark red flower and very dark green valvety foliage, It really is a beautiful plant. I love all the colors,but at the moment this particular color is my favorite.
Kangaroo Paw also have a variety of colors, such as Lightish Red,Orange,Yellow,Pink.

You can plant the color of your choice,or plant all the colors together,that way they do make a spectacular display.
Up close they do look like the paw of a Kangaroo.:)

A Tree Fern recently planted in our new garden

A Tree Fern recently planted in our new garden

Tree Fern frond unfurling to it's full length

Tree Fern frond unfurling to it's full length

Australian Tree Fern

The Australian Tree fern has the botanical name of "Dicksonia antarctica"

As a child when I traveled into the Australian bush with my father I would see these Tree Ferns in their wild state growing profusely in the Rain Forests as we gathered firewood and hunted for rabbits.

The memory of this has stuck in my mind to this very day and as a result every garden that we have cultivated has always had a specimen Tree Fern and they really create an impression.

The fronds start off deep in the middle , over 3 or 4 weeks they gradually emerge in order around the top of the plant,then slowly unfold. Nature is incredible.

These ferns are watered from the top down into the middle of the plants,not around the root base.

Alogyne Huegelii or West Coast Gem aka  Australian Native Hibiscus

Alogyne Huegelii or West Coast Gem aka Australian Native Hibiscus

Alyogyne Huegelii bloom also known as the Australian Native Hibiscus or West Coast Gem

Alyogyne Huegelii bloom also known as the Australian Native Hibiscus or West Coast Gem

Alyogyne Huegelii

This beautiful long flowering bush is also known widely as "West Coast Gem", and "The Australian Native Hibiscus".


The Alyogyne with it's botanical name of (Alyogyne huegelii ) is an evergreen Australian Native and bears a mass of purple flowers which look very much like the Hibiscus flower. Although the flowers do not last long (depending on the conditions may be only a day) there are always plenty of buds as one flower fades another one opens .

As it grows to over 2 meters tall It stands up very well as a feature shrub. They also like a good prune once a year, it makes the shrub stronger and gives more flowers the next season.

Over the years we have had a number of these bushes and they are very easy to grow and 'almost' impossible to kill :)

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

MG Seltzer from South Portland, Maine on July 02, 2015:

Makes sense! :)

oliversmum (author) from australia on June 28, 2015:

MG Seltzer Hi. Yes I will, but have to find the right one first. We live in the country, so will have to wait until we go to the city where there is a better range to choose from. :) :)

MG Seltzer from South Portland, Maine on June 25, 2015:

I hope you'll post pictures of the finished piece!

oliversmum (author) from australia on June 25, 2015:

MG Seltzer Hi. Would love to work the "Kangaroo Paw" for our dining room, it is beautiful, will be off to our Craft Shop very soon. Thank you again.:) :)

MG Seltzer from South Portland, Maine on June 24, 2015:

I remembered the "kangaroo paw" plant when I saw your post and I went to go look for the photos on my cmputer. :)

oliversmum (author) from australia on June 24, 2015:

MG Seltzer Hi. I looked at the photographs they are beautiful. Thank you for sending them to me. :) :)

MG Seltzer from South Portland, Maine on June 23, 2015:

I thought you might like to see photos from a book I came across with neddleworking designs for Australian plants! https://www.facebook.com/velvcurt/posts/1020306635...

oliversmum (author) from australia on May 31, 2015:

billybuc. Hi. Maybe one day you will visit Australia. We also love gardening and love to see other countries beautiful Native Plants. Nice to see that you enjoyed this article. Thank you for your comment. :) :)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 31, 2015:

I always enjoy articles like this one. I'll probably never seen Australia, but I am a gardener, and enjoy all things gardening, so very interesting article.

oliversmum (author) from australia on May 29, 2015:

MG Seltzer Hi. Have not heard of an Ostrich fern, but is sounds like it would be a very pretty fern, Fiddleheads do you plant them or are they for some other purpose. Thank you for your comment. :) :)

MG Seltzer from South Portland, Maine on May 28, 2015:

I enjoyed looking at the photos. The tree fern reminds me the ostrich fern we have here in Maine. Famers' markets sell bags of the curled fern heads, called "fiddleheads," and people wait all winter for them to be available in the early spring.

oliversmum (author) from australia on December 17, 2014:

Romanian Hi. We do have some beautiful Native Plants here in Australia. The Kangaroo paw is also one of my favorites. You don,t have any plants like this where you live, that is sad. Thank you for your lovely comment. Merry Christmas. :) :)

Nicu from Oradea, Romania on December 16, 2014:

All are beautiful, especially the kangaroo paw, it's first time I See beautiful plants like these.

oliversmum (author) from australia on September 28, 2012:

Movie Master Hi. They are all beautiful. I guess this is a silly question,but would it be too cold over there for any of these plants to grow.

What a lovely neighbour to choose a book on flowers from another Country as a gift for a child,something you can keep for ever.:)

This particular colour Kangaroo Paw is pretty special.

Thanks so much for your comment and Votes. :):)

Movie Master from United Kingdom on September 26, 2012:

I love all these plants and would love to grow them here, - reading this brought back memories of when I was a child and my neighbour bought me a book back from Australia on Australian flowers, I cherished that book for many years!

I love the Kangaroo Paw!

Thank you and voted up.

oliversmum (author) from australia on September 25, 2012:

AliciaC Hi.You are most welcome.

The Australian Native Hibiscus is very pretty. It also comes in White and a Pale Pink.

Who knows, maybe one day you may come out to Australia,or even try to grow one in a small hothouse, that may work.

Thank you so much for your lovely comment. :):)

oliversmum (author) from australia on September 24, 2012:

cat on a soapbox Hi. Yes we do have some great Native plants. I love them all,but like most folks,we have our favorites.

Our climate is very similar to yours, but in reverse.

You would have a wonderful time over here,especially walking through the bush and seeing a lot of these plants growing as nature intended. Maybe one day that will happen.

Thank you so much for your lovely comment,it is very much appreciated. :):)

oliversmum (author) from australia on September 24, 2012:

elle64 Hi. Maybe one day you will come back here and be able to do just that.

I use eucalyptus oil to wipe down my benches etc. It does leave a great smell in the wet areas, may be they stock in your supermarket or health food store.

Thank you for your lovely comment, :):)

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 24, 2012:

Thank you for a look at these beautiful plants. I love the colour of the last flowers! I wish I could see them in real life.

Catherine Tally from Los Angeles on September 24, 2012:

Australian plants are so varied and interesting! We see them used often here in So. Calif. because they are well-suited to our growing conditions- love them! I would be thrilled though to travel down under to see them in their native habitat :)

elle64 from Scandinavia on September 24, 2012:

It has been such a long time since I was in OZ, the hub made me miss the smell of the eucalyptus trees. Thanks for a good hub.