The Waratah and Flannel Flower Study Group is one of a number of Study Groups within the Australian Native Plants Society (Australia), whose aims are to further knowledge about the cultivation, propagation and conservation of specific Australian plants. This Study Group was formed in 2011.
Waratahs (Telopea species) and Flannel Flowers are iconic Australian native plants, yet few Australian gardeners are able to grow them successfully in their gardens. There are a number of new Telopea hybrids becoming available through the trade, but little is known about them. There are several people doing very interesting work with Flannel Flowers, but again no one knows about it. The purpose of this Study Group is to flush out those innovators and breeders and publicise their work if possible. The Study Group's objective is also to co-ordinate the information about Waratah and Flannel Flower cultivation and hopefully make both accessible to a wide audience.
Membership is available to members of an ANPSA-affiliated Regional Society. If you are not a member of a Regional Society, please refer to the ANPSA Membership Page for further information on joining.
To join the Waratah and Flannel Flower Study Group, please send a request using the following form (please note that all fields are mandatory* - you may edit the 'Message' field if necessary) :
Top: New South Wales' waratah, Telopea speciosissima.
Bottom: Flannel flower, Actinotus helianthi.
Photos: Brian Walters
The Study Group produces regular newsletters which document reports from members into cultivation issues in various climatic zones, propagation methods and natural occurrences of different species.
The newsletters are available for download from the Study Group's website.