The Waratah and Flannel Flower Study Group is one of over 20 such Groups whose aims are to further knowledge about the cultivation, propagation and conservation of specific Australian plants. This Study Group was formed in 2011 with membership being limited to 50 individual members.
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.
|Left: New South Wales' waratah, Telopea speciosissima.
Right: Flannel flower, Actinotus helianthi.
Photos: Brian Walters