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8 Red Native Australian Flowers You Must See

If you’re creating a certain colour scheme in your garden and are looking specifically for red native flowers, here’s a list of plants to consider.

There are many Australian natives that have gorgeous red flowers.

The two most prominent ones that come to mind immediately for me are the Waratah and the Sturt’s Desert Pea.

So, if you’re creating a certain colour scheme in your garden and are looking specifically for red native flowers, here’s a list of plants to consider.

Anigozanthos ‘Big Red’

Anigozanthos ‘Big Red | Native plants

This attractive kangaroo paw cultivar has deep red flowers that appear in large sprays and on stems that can reach a height of 2 metres. 

Planted en masse, this cultivar would make a dramatic statement along a driveway or meandering path through your garden. The flowers are rich in nectar and will attract lots of native birds to your garden. 

Asteromyrtus ‘Fireball’



Asteromyrtus is native to Cape York and this cultivar has stunning red pompom flowers in winter through to early spring. 

It’s a small tree with a weeping habit. It can reach a height of 4 metres and a spread of 3 metres. It does need to be protected from frost but is fairly dry-tolerant once established.

Callistemon

Callistemon | Native plants

This outstanding bottlebrush has the most stunning bright red brush flowers. Some compact bottlebrush cultivars like ‘Scarlet Flame’ only reach a height of 1.5 metres and a spread of 1 metre.

This makes them perfect for small gardens or they can even be grown in a large pot. The plant has fine leaves that are green when mature and coppery red when young. 

The flowers are self-cleaning which means that they’ll drop off the plant when they’re finished. This will provide you with a lovely red carpet under your shrub.

Correa ‘Dinner Bells’



For a more subdued statement, you could consider this delightful Correa for your garden. It will produce bell-shaped flowers in a brilliant shade of red with creamy tips from early summer through into winter.

This is a dense shrub that can reach a height and spread of 1.2 metres.

Grevillea ‘Charlie’s Angel’



This pretty grevillea has clusters of deep red spider flowers throughout most of the year. It’s a low-growing variety that only reaches a height of 20 cm and a spread of 50 cm.

This makes it perfect as a ground cover plant or for growing in a lovely pot on your balcony.

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.

Gymea Lily (Doryanthes palmeri)

Doryanthes palmeri | Native plants

This stunning plant can add a touch of the tropics to any garden but will grow in most climates around the country. It has bold upright strappy leaves that can reach a height of 4 metres.

The tall flower stems feature racemes of deep red flowers that are loved by nectar-feeding birds.

Surprisingly, this plant will even thrive in frost-prone regions such as Canberra, Melbourne and the Blue Mountains.

Sturt’s Desert Pea (Swainsona formosa)

Sturts Desert Pea Swainsona formosa | Native plants

The iconic Sturt’s Desert Pea is the well-known floral emblem of SA. It occurs naturally in all states except Victoria and Tasmania but is restricted to the arid desert regions of the country.

The Sturt’s Desert Pea grows as a creeping vine along the ground. The pinnate leaves are a deep green colour and the unusual flowers are deep red with a black centre. 

As the seeds can be difficult to germinate, this plant is often propagated using tissue culture.

Waratah (Telopea speciosissima)

Waratah Telopea speciosissima | Native plants

The stunning red Waratah is the floral emblem of New South Wales. Each flower head can measure up to 15cm in diameter. 

The plant grows as a small tree up to a height of around 4 metres. The leaves are dark green and leathery and have serrated edges.

FAQ

What Australian natives flower in summer?

There are many Australian natives that flower in summer. These include the red flowering gum (Corymbia), many banksias, Scholtzia, the Christmas bush (Ceratopetalum gummiferum), Billy buttons, and the ivory curl tree (Buckinghamia celsissima).

What are the most iconic Australian flowers?

Some of the most iconic Australian flowers include the banksias, Waratahs, wattles, grevilleas and callistemons. 

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Annette Hird

Annette Hird is a gardening expert with many years of experience in a range of gardening related positions. She has an Associate Diploma of Applied Science in Horticulture and has worked in a variety of production nurseries, primarily as a propagator. She has also been responsible for a large homestead garden that included lawn care, fruit trees, roses and many other ornamental plants. More recently, Annette has concentrated on improving the garden landscape of the homes that she has lived in and focused a lot of energy on growing edible plants as well. She now enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with others by writing articles about all facets of gardening and growing plants.

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  1. I have an elephant ear plant under my outdoor awning. It has now grown to the point of hitting the roof. I need to relocate whilst it’s dormant but unsure where would suit. Any advise would be appreciated. Oh absolutely love this group thankyou

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