19 Sept 2012

Wildflower Festival, Kings Park

The annual Wildflower Festival in Kings Park runs for the whole month of September. Kings Park is 400 hectares and nearly ‘inner-city’, bring only 1.5 km from the centre of Perth.

There are fabulous views over the city and the Swan River. Coolish weather yesterday kept the visitor numbers down a bit so I went with a couple of friends and had a very leisurely couple of hours taking in the gorgeous flowers and a sandwich lunch on the lawns.

Because most of the plants were named, I’ve managed to give labels to most of the flowers. My favourite was the brown boronia, because it grows down near Albany and while it doesn’t look much, the scent is amazing. And we picked it in the wild as kids. Now it’s quite rare and like most wildflowers, it’s illegal to pick it.

Mangles Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos manglesii)

Egg and Bacon plant

Mangles Kangaroo Paw - the Floral Emblem of Western Australia

Scholtzia parviflora (Myrtaceae)

Scarlet Honey Myrtle (Melaleuca fulgens)

Silky Eremophila (Eremophila nivea)

keraudrenia velutina

Large Fruited Mallee (eucalyptus youngiana)

Sturt's Desert Pea (Swainsona formosa)

Yellow Featherflower (verticordia chrysantha)

Plumed featherflower (verticordia plumosa)

Boab (Adonsonia gregorii)

Scented Boronia (boronia megastigma)

banksia praemorsa

View over Perth city, the Swan River and the Narrows Bridge and South Perth

Mangles kangaroo paw

Grass Trees (Xanthorrhoea)

Above-ground walkway through the trees

Grevillea synapheae


Shark Bay Mallee (eucalyptus roycei)


Blue Lechenaultia (Lechenaultia biloba)

Kangaroo paw

Rose Banksia (banksia laricina)

Firewood Banksia dwarf form (banksia menziesii) - grows directly out of the ground.

Scarlet Banksia (banksia coccinia)

Banksia praemorsa


Pink Everlastings (Rhodanthe chlorocephala)

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