November 2021 – November Lily

KINGDOM: Plantae ORDER: Lillales FAMILY: Lillaceae SUBFAMILY: Lilloideae TRIBEa: Lilleae GENUS: Lillium Lillium longiflorum are known by different names, depending on where you are in the world. The northern hemisphere call them as Easter Lilies but here in Australia they are call either November or Christmas lilies. They are a native of Southern Japan and […]

October 2021 – Waratah

KINGDOM: Plantae ORDER: Proteales FAMILY: Proteaceae SUBFAMILY: Grevilleoideae TRIBE: Embothrieae GENUS: Telopea Waratah is an Australian-endemic genus of five species of large shrubs or small trees, native to the southeastern parts of Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. The most well-known species in this genus if Telopea speciosissima which has bright red flowers and is the NSW […]

September 2021 – Daffodil

KINGDOM: Plantae ORDER: Asparagales FAMILY: Amaryllidaceae SUBFAMILY: Amaryllidoideae TRIBE: Narcisseae GENUS: Narcissus Narcissus is a genus of predominantly spring flowering perennial plants of the amaryllis family. Narcissus has conspicuous flowers with six petal-like tepals surmounted by a cup (or trumpet shaped) corona.  The species are native to meadows and woods in southern Europe and North […]

August 2021 – Wattle

KINGDOM: Plantae ORDER: Fabales FAMILY: Fabaceae TRIBE: Acacieae GENUS: Acacia Acacia, commonly known as wattles is a large genus of shrubs and trees which is mainly native to Australia, New Guinea and Indonesia.  There are over 900 species and there would most probably be an acacia in flower during every month of the year somewhere […]

June 2021 – Pansy

image S. Reid KINGDOM: Plantae ORDER: Malpighiales FAMILY:  Violaceae GENUS: Viola   The pansy is a type of large-flowered hybrid plant cultivated as a garden flower. It is derived by hybridization from several species in the section Melanium of the genus Viola, particularly Viola tricolor, a wildflower of Europe and western Asia known as heartsease. […]

May 2021 – Banksia

image Karlo Taliana from Australian Plants Society NSW KINGDOM: Plantae ORDER: Proteales FAMILY: Proteaceae TRIBE: Bansieae GENUS: Banksia The Proteaceae family has around 170 species and Banksia is one of those. These Australian natives are easily recognised by their characteristic flower spikes and fruiting ‘cones’. They range in size from prostrate woody shrubs to trees […]

April 2021 – Beehive Ginger

KINGDOM: Plantae ORDER: Zingiberales FAMILY: Zingiberaceae GENUS: Zingiber SPECIES: Z. spectabile Zingiber spectabile is a species of true ginger which is native to Southeast Asia. Beehive ginger plants require medium to filtered sunlight (direct sunlight can burn the leaves) and either plenty of space in the garden, or a very large container. Keep the soil […]

March 2021 – Justicia

Justicia brandegeeana KINGDOM: Plantae ORDER: Lamiales FAMILY: Acabtgaceae TRIBE: Justicieae GENUS: Justicia Justicia (aka shrimp plant) is from the Acanthaceae family and it is the largest genus within that family with around 700 species with hundreds more as yet unresolved. They are native to tropical to warm temperate regions of the Americas, India and Africa […]

February 2021 – Hydrangea

KINGDOM: Plantae ORDER: Comales FAMILY: Hydrangeaceae GENUS: Hydrangea   Flowers of the Hydrangea are produced from early spring to late autumn, when they still look wonderful faded with ‘antique-like’ characterists. Typically, the flowerheads contain two types of flowers – small non-showy flowers in the centre or interior of the flowerhead, and large, showy flowers with […]