Information about plants in flower this week
A news sheet prepared by a Gardens' volunteer, featuring the flowers, fruits and foliage of a selection of plants in the Australian National Botanic Gardens .
Numbers before each plant refer to temporary IFTW labels in the gardens.
Numbers in square brackets [ ] refer to garden bed Sections. Featured plants are in bold type.
13 April - 26 April 2016
Today we will walk to the Rock Garden.
- As you enter the Rock Garden notice on your left Banksia integrifolia subsp. integrifolia [Section 15c], or Coast Banksia, a vigorous mound of foliage and flowers, with dark green leaves with silver backs and plenty of short greenish-yellow cones. This versatile and hardy plant is native to coastal eastern Australia.
- Correa ‘Ivory Bells’[Section 15d] is on your right with creamy bell flowers on darker green foliage with silver backs. This long-flowering cultivar was developed in San Francisco, USA and is said to have C. alba and C. backhouseana as its parents.
- Also on your right is Banksia spinulosa ‘Honeypots’ [Section 15d], a medium-sized bush with fine, upright toothed foliage and many gold cones with red styles and a strong honey fragrance. The original material of this cultivar was collected from a coastal area in southern Victoria by Rod & Robyn Parsons.
- Further on your right is Homoranthus darwinioides [Section 15f], with dark purple-grey foliage and hanging red bell flowers fading to cream. It is endemic to central western New South Wales.
- Bear left up the steps to see Grevillea ‘Mason’s Hybrid’ [Section 15h], forming a spreading bush with large spider blooms of pink, red and orange. This hybrid arose as a seedling from seed collected from an upright glaucous form of Grevillea bipinnatifida. The other parent is presumed to be G. banksii.
- At the top of the steps on your right is Grevillea lanigera [Section 15h], with grey-green foliage and pink and cream flowers on a low bush. It is commonly known as Woolly Grevillea, and is endemic to Victoria and New South Wales.
- Turn right along the road to see Scaevola albida [Section 174], also on your right, a prostrate shrub native to a range of habitats in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. It has mauve fan flowers on a light green groundcover.
- Further on your right is Westringia ‘Deeppurple’ [Section 15h], with mauve flowers on a compact green bush. This form was selected from the Wild Rivers region of New South Wales.
- Turn right into the Rock Garden again to see on your right Brachyscome linearifolia [Section 15h], with small mauve daisy flowers on mounds of green divided foliage. These plants are found in the wild in eastern New South Wales.
- On your left is Keraudrenia hermanniifolia [Section 15g], a small bush of dark green foliage with purple flowers with prominent gold centres. This plant is found in coastal regions of Western Australia.
- Look up to see high on your left Senna artemisioides subsp. petiolaris [Section 15g], with fine silver foliage and yellow cup flowers. This plant is found across mainland Australia, except for Victoria.
- Turn left and left again, cross the plank bridge and bear right to see Acacia aneura var. aneura [Section 15l], or Mulga, on the right. An open bush with needle-like foliage and short fluffy yellow rods of flower, Mulga, occurs in inland Australia and individuals are believed to live as long as 400 years.
- Turn left and then right down the steps to see on your left a large bush of Labichea lanceolata subsp. lanceolata [Section 15r], with bright green foliage and yellow flowers with a red throat. It is found naturally in southwest Western Australia, and was named after Jean Jacques Labiche (1748–1819), a second lieutenant on Freycinet's voyage round the world in 1817–20.
- Also on your left is Eremophila bignoniiflora × polyclada [Section 15r], with white bell flowers with purple spots on an open shrub with pendent linear leaves.
- At the bottom of the steps on your right is Eucalyptus macrocarpa [Section 15s], or Mottlecah, with magnificent silver- grey sword like foliage. This sprawling mallee grows naturally in southwestern Western Australia. Its stunning red flowers attract hummingbirds when grown in USA.