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Telopea speciosissima cultivars

The colourful waratah is the floral emblem of New South Wales.  It is now widely grown by the horticultural industry and many cultivars have been developed. They range in colour from white, through pale rose to deep scarlet.

It was one of the first Australian plants to be collected for cultivation in Europe as it was common in the sandstone country around the first European settlement at Port Jackson.

It provides ample nectar which is a 'reward' for bird pollinators and it is said that Aboriginal people also used to eat nectar from the flowers.

Common namewaratah
Scientific nameTelopea speciosissima

Genus: From Greek, telopos, meaning 'seen from afar' a reference to the conspicuous flowers.

Species: From Latin speciosus, showy and issimus, most.

DistributionFrom the Watagan Mountains to Ulladulla, New South Wales.
Native habitatCoast and mountains, growing most often in sandy soils in dry eucalypt forest.
DescriptionAn upright , multi-stemmed shrub to about 3 metres but often shorter.
Flowering/fruitingFlowers mid spring to early summer.
Location in gardenYou can see waratahs in the Banksia Garden and in Bed 29 in the Connections Garden.
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