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This lovely planting of flannel flowers and white waratah reaches its perfect, but brief, flowering peak in early spring here in a sheltered spot at ‘the workplace’ in Melbourne. 

The luminosity of these flowers in the gold light at the end of the day was superb.

While the great globe heads of the waratah had been bruised by the wind this week, the flannel flowers – which look so delicate and fragile – showed no signs of harm.

The flannel refers to the soft fuzziness of the flowers and leaves, rather than suggesting the plant is somewhat dowdy.

Latin names for those of that ilk are Telopea speciosissima (red waratah) and Actinotus Helianthi (flannel flower)


Other Australian Native flower posts and related blogs you might like:

All flora has significance in indigenous Australia and one of the stories of the waratah is retold on Out of the Blue…

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