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10 Amazing Native Plants from Perth/Western Australia

From the vibrant Bottlebrush Hakea to the charming Showy Honey-myrtle, join us as we uncover the secrets of these incredible native plants.

Western Australia boasts a plethora of unique and captivating species of native plants, many of which are found exclusively in this part of the country.

These plants have not only adapted to the sometimes harsh climate but have flourished, showcasing vibrant colours and exceptional resilience.

In this article, we’ll introduce you to some of the most fascinating and iconic native plants from the Western Australia region.

Hakea francisiana (Bottlebrush Hakea)

Hakea francisiana | Plant varieties
Hakea francisiana / Photo by Geoff Derrin / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0

With its unique and intricate flowers, the Bottlebrush Hakea is a true beauty. The bottlebrush flowers are a vibrant shade of pink while the leaves are also quite striking, with a deep green colour and a sharp, pointed shape.

This native plant is easy to care for and can thrive in a variety of conditions, including those prone to drought.

Lechenaultia biloba (Blue leschenaultia)

Blue leschenaultia lechenaultia biloba | Plant varieties
Lechenaultia biloba / Photo by Gnangarra / Wikimedia / CC BY 3.0 AU

Blue leschenaultia is a beautiful flowering native that grows up to 1m tall and wide.

This low, spreading plant grows best in full sun. The open-petalled blue flowers bloom in spring or winter.

It is endemic to Western Australia, and it can grow in drought and light frost conditions.

Melaleuca nesophila (Showy Honey-myrtle)

This small-growing tree will only reach a height of around 5 metres. It has typical melaleuca green foliage and very pretty pink pompom flowers in spring and summer. 

It will grow in most soil types and is happy in full sun or part shade.

It will also tolerate heavy frosts and is extremely attractive to nectar-eating birds, bees, and butterflies.

Geraldton Wax (Chamelaucium uncinatum)

Geraldton Wax Chamelaucium uncinatum | Plant varieties
Chamelaucium uncinatum

There’s something quite special about the floral display of Geraldton wax. In winter and spring, the plant is covered with delicate-looking wax flowers. These are often used by florists and are great as cut flowers.

The fine foliage can handle coastal conditions quite well as long as the plant is given a little protection from high winds. The plant responds well to regular tip pruning to encourage a nice bushy growth habit.

Did you know?

Many native Australian plants are adapted to low-nutrient soils, especially low in phosphorus.

Over-fertilising, particularly with high phosphorus fertilisers, can harm these plants. It’s best to use a slow-release, low-phosphorus fertiliser, specifically formulated for native plants.

We recommend this native fertiliser from Amgrow, designed to promote healthy root growth, lush foliage, and increased flowering, without overwhelming native species.

Corymbia Calophylla (Marri)

Corymbia Calophylla | Plant varieties

With its tall, slender trunk and broad, spreading canopy, this tree is a true icon of the Western Australia landscape. The Marri tree is known for its beautiful, glossy leaves that are a deep shade of green, and it’s striking, creamy-white flowers that bloom in the summer months.

These flowers are a favourite of bees and other pollinators, making the Marri tree an important part of the local ecosystem. In addition to its beauty, the Marri tree is also valued for its timber, which is used in a variety of applications, from furniture to flooring.

Eucalyptus Erythrocorys (Illyarrie, Red Cap Gum)

Eucalyptus Erythrocorys | Plant varieties

This impressive tree is native to Western Australia and features curved leaves and large yellow flower buds.

The tree itself can grow up to 10 metres tall, sporting a distinctive smooth bark that peels away in long ribbons.

Anigozanthos (Kangaroo Paw)

Kangaroo Paw Anigozanthos 1 | Plant varieties

There is a range of Kangaroo paw varieties with varying flower colours. Their lovely green foliage adds a little height and cover to bare areas in a garden and their delightful flowers can brighten up any space during spring and summer.

Kangaroo paws are drought-resistant and require very little maintenance.

Eucalyptus Forrestiana (Fuchsia Gum)

You’ll be mesmerized by the Fuchsia Gum, an enchanting Western Australia native sporting eye-catching green-grey leaves.

However, what really sets it apart is the red flower buds that mature into vibrant yellow flowers, creating a striking contrast against the green foliage.

Growing as a small tree or mallet, Fuchsia Gum typically reaches a height of up to 6 metres.

Hakea Bucculenta (Red Pokers)

If you’re looking to add a touch of vibrant colour to your garden or landscape, look no further than Hakea bucculenta, commonly known as red pokers.

This large shrub from the Proteaceae family is endemic to Western Australia and serves as a remarkable ornamental plant with its stunning red or orange flowers.

This native shrub typically grows to a height of 2 – 4 metres but can grow taller in the wild.

Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood)

Australian sandalwood is a native tree found in the semi-arid regions of Western Australia, as well as in South Australia, where it is protected and listed as a vulnerable species.

The tree can grow up to 6 meters tall and is notable for its aromatic sandalwood oil, which has been used historically in various applications such as food, aromatics, and traditional medicine.

The tree’s leaves are grey-green in colour, and it produces small, white flowers that bloom during warm and moist conditions.

Indigenous Australians have used Santalum Spicatum as a source of food and medicine for thousands of years. The tree is also used in smoking ceremonies.

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Steve Kropp

Based in Melbourne, Steve's passion is vegetable gardening, and he’s been writing about it for almost 5 years. He also loves all things DIY and is always looking for a new project. When not working on his own garden projects or blogging, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, cooking meals with produce harvested from his garden, and coaching his son’s footy team.

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