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Australian Native Flowers available as cut flowers and foliage

A wide variety of Australian native plants are ideal for use as cut flowers or foliage and many retain their beauty and form for long periods when used in this way. However, there is still considerable misunderstanding among members of the public regarding 'true' native species. The use of plants such as Protea, Leucadendron and Leucospermum (all native to South Africa) in 'native' floral arrangements contributes to this confusion.

Tables 1 and 2 below illustrate the many true Australian native species, hybrids and cultivars that are useful as cut flowers and/or foliage. Table 3 lists several exotic species that are often mistakenly sold as Australian natives.

Please note that this page is a 'work-in-progress' and it will be updated as new information comes to hand.


Table 1: Native species that are commonly available
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Botanical name

Common Name Season Colours Image
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Acacia baileyana Cootamundra wattle or mimosa W Yellow, silver foliage
Acacia baileyana photo
Acacia cultriformis Knife-leaf wattle   Foliage Acacia cultriformis photo
Alpinia caerulea Native ginger     Image to come
Anigozanthos Kangaroo paw, includes hybrids Sp, Su Red, Yellow, orange Anigozanthos photo
Banksia baxteri Bird's nest banksia S, Au Green & gold
Banksia baxteri photo
Banksia burdetii   Sp, Su, Au Orange
Banksia burdettii photo
Banksia coccinea Scarlet banksia Sp, Su Red Banksia coccinea photo
Banksia formosa (syn. Dryandra formosa) Showy dryandra Sp Gold Banksia formosa photo
Banksia heliantha (syn. Dryandra quercifolia) Oak-leaved dryandra Au, W Gold Banksia heliantha photo
Banksia menziesii Menzies' banksia Au, W Pinkish/lavender Banksia menziesii photo
Banksia plagiocarpa     Bluish in bud
Banksia plagiocarpa photo
Banksia prionotes Orange banksia A, W Orange
Banksia prionotes photo
Banksia speciosa Showy banksia Su, Au Cream to yellow
Banksia speciosa photo
Banksia undata (syn. Dryandra praemorsa) Urchin dryandra Sp Yellow/Gold Banksia undata photo
Banksia victoriae Woolly orange banksia Su, Au Orange
Banksia victoriae photo
Boronia heterophylla Red boronia Sp Deep pink
Boronia heterophylla photo
Boronia megastigma Brown boronia Sp Brown or Yellow Boronia megastigma photo
Caustis blakei       Image to come
Caustis recurvata       Image to come
Caustis flexuosa       Image to come
Chamelaucium uncinatum Wax flowers. Hybrids and cultivars Sp White, pink, purple Chamelaucium uncinatum photo
Doryanthes excelsa Gymea lily + leaves Sp + all Red fl. Large green leaf
Doryanthes excelsa photo
Doryanthes palmeri Doryanthes leaves All Large green leaves
Doryanthes palmeri photo
Eucalyptus caesia Gungurru, "Silver Princess" W, Sp Pink, silver buds Eucalyptus caesia photo
Eucalyptus crucis Southern Cross mallee All Silver foliage Image to come
Eucalyptus pulverulenta Silver-leaved mountain gum All Blue/silver foliage Eucalyptus pulverulenta photo
Eucalyptus tetragona   All Large blue foliage, buds Image to come
Grevillea cultivars     Various
Grevillea 'Misty Pink' photo
Ozothamnus diosmifolius Rice flower Sp, Su White, pink Ozothamnus diosmifolius - Pink Form photo
Philotheca myoporoides Bendigo wax flower   White Philotheca myoporoides photo
Pycnosorus globosa Billy buttons Sp, Su Yellow Image to come
Restio      
Restio tetraphyllus photo
Telopea speciocissima & cultivars Waratah Sp Red, pink, white Telopea speciocissima photo
Thryptomene calycina Thryptomene "Coral Lace" W Pink Thryptomene calycina photo
Thryptomene calycina Thryptomene "Ivory Lace" W White
Thryptomene calycina photo
Thryptomene ericaea Kangaroo Island thryptomene W White - shorter stems Thryptomene ericaea photo
Verticordia - various species Feather flowers   White, pink, red, yellow Verticordia chrysantha photo
Xanthorrhea sp. Yacca leaves All Green
Xanthorrhea quadrangulata photo

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Table 2: Native species of limited availability
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Botanical name

Common Name Season Colours Image
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Acacia aneura Mulga Wattle All Foliage Image to come
Actinotus helianthi Flannel flower   White Actinotus helianthi photo
Adenanthos sericeus Wooly bush All Foliage
Adenanthos sericeus photo
Banksia robur Swamp Banksia W Greenish-yellow
Banksia robur photo
Beaufortia sparsa Swamp bottlebrush Sp Orange/red Beaufortia sparsa photo
Blandfordia sp. Christmas bells Sp Red/yellow Blandfordia grandiflora photo
Bowenia serrulata Byfield fern W Green leaves
Bowenia serrulata photo
Ceratopetalum gummiferum NSW Christmas bush Su Red Ceratopetalum gummiferum photo
Corymbia ficifolia Red flowering gum Su Red Corymbia ficifolia photo
Crowea exalata   Su, Au Pink form Crowea exalata pink form photo
Crowea exalata   Su, Au White form Crowea exalata white form photo
Eremophila nivea Silky eremophila Sp, Su Mauve; silvery foliage Eremophila nivea photo
Eucalyptus albida White-leaved Mallee   Silver foliage Eucalyptus albida nivea photo
Eucalyptus crenulata Silver Gum   Foliage Image to come
Eucalyptus erythrocorys Red-capped gum Au,W   Image to come
Eucalyptus gamophylla Blue-leaved Mallee   Bluish-grey foliage and buds Eucalyptus gamophylla photo
Eucalyptus kingsmillii Kingsmill's Mallee   Buds Image to come
Eucalyptus pachyphylla Red-budded Mallee   Red buds Eucalyptus pachyphylla photo
Eucalyptus perriniana Spinning Gum   Silver-grey foliage Eucalyptus perriniana photo
Grevillea "Moonlight"     White Grevillea 'Moonlight' photo
Grevillea "Superb"     Salmon pink to red Grevillea 'Superb' photo
Hakea francisiana Grass-leaved Hakea W, Sp Red
Hakea francisiana photo
Isopogon cuneatus Coneflower W, Sp Pink Image to come
Kunzea ambigua   Sp White Kunzea ambigua photo
Leptospermum cultivars Tea trees Sp Pink, red, white Leptospermum 'Merinda' photo
Maireana sedifolia Bluebush All   Image to come
Ptilotus sp. Mulla Mulla W, Sp, Su Pink
Ptilotus nobilis photo
Rhodanthe chlorocephala Paper daisy W, Sp Pink Rhodanthe chlorocephala photo
Scholtzia   Sp   Scholtzia photo
Schoenia filifolia Paper daisy Sp, Su Yellow Schoenia filifolia photo
Verticordia grandis Feather flower Sp, Su Red
Verticordia grandis photo
Verticordia plumosa   Sp, Su Pink to mauve
Verticordia plumosa photo
Xerochrysum bracteatum Cultivars and hybrids Sp, Su, Au Yellow, bronze, brown Xerochrysum bracteatum photo

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Table 3: Non-native species that are often mistakenly sold as Australian natives


Botanical name

Common Name Colours Native to...
Erica sp. Heaths Red, pink or white Africa, Madagascar, Europe.
Leucadendron sp.   Pink or white South Africa
Leucospermum sp. Pincushion Protea Yellow or orange South Africa
Protea sp. Protea Pink or white South Africa
Serruria florida Blushing Bride White South Africa

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