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9 Yellow Australian Native Flowers (with Pictures)

From delicate wildflowers to vibrant orchids, Aussie natives add colour and beauty to any garden.

When it comes to the native flowers of Australia, there are many different types of yellow blooms that you can find.

Some of these include Billy Buttons, Cootamundra Wattle, and the Yellow Hakea.

These flowers can be found in various regions throughout the country, making them a popular choice for those who want to add a pop of colour to their gardens.

Sydney Golden Wattle (Acacia longifolia)

Acacia longifolia | Native plants
Acacia longifolia / Photo by Donald Hobern / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

You’ll be absolutely stunned by the mass of bright yellow flower spikes that appear on Acacia longifolia in late winter and early spring. This beautiful wattle can reach a height of around 7 metres.

If you’re looking for an effective screening plant, then this wattle may suit your needs as it can spread to a width of 4 metres.

It’s also both frost and drought-tolerant. It prefers to grow in full sun and well-drained soil.

Native Rosella (Hibiscus heterophyllus)

Native Rosella Hibiscus heterophyllus | Native plants
Hibiscus heterophyllus / Photo by Ian Sutton / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

The Hibiscus heterophyllus is an evergreen native that can be found in NSW and QLD.

The large yellow flowers on this hibiscus variety only last a couple of days each, but new flowers continue to open throughout spring, summer, and autumn.

The Hibiscus heterophyllus is perfect for people who have gardens in warmer climates. They grow well in full sun or partial shade.

Yellow Hakea (Hakea nodosa)

Yellow Hakea Hakea nodosa | Native plants
Hakea nodosa / Photo by Luis Mata / iNaturalist Australia / CC0 1.0

Hakea nodosa is an evergreen plant that grows well in full sun or partial shade. The yellow flowers grow in clusters and bloom from autumn through winter.

This Australian native can be found in the states of South Australia, Victoria, and Tasmania and grows up to 3 meters tall.

Yellow Buttons, Common Everlasting (Chrysocephalum apiculatum)

Chrysocephalum apiculatum | Native plants

Chrysocephalum apiculatum belongs to the Asteraceae family, which also includes daisies and sunflowers.

It blooms year-round but mostly in spring and summer with bright yellow flowers that form compact heads.

The thin stems of the plant are covered in silky hairs which can give it a green/grey colour.

It generally grows up to 60 cm tall and 50 cm wide, although the appearance of this plant varies widely due to its wide distribution around the country.

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.

Climbing Guinea Flower, Snake Vine (Hibbertia scandens)

Hibbertia scandens 1 | Native plants

The Climbing Guinea Flower, or Snake Vine, is a hardy native Australian ground cover or climber. It makes a great feature plant with its beautiful large flowers.

It is a vigorous climber that can reach 1-2 metres in height and 4-5 metres in width. The flowers are large star-shaped and yellow in colour, blooming in spring and summer.

This plant prefers full sun to part shade and is drought tolerant once established. It tolerates light frost as well as soil salinity.

Cootamundra Wattle (Acacia baileyana)

Cootamundra wattle Acacia baileyana | Native plants
Acacia baileyana / Photo by John Jennings / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Acacia baileyana is an evergreen medium-sized tree with a height of 3-10 metres. It has yellow globular flowers that bloom during winter.

The plant is native to NSW but can be found throughout most of Australia.

The Cootamundra Wattle tolerates both drought and heavy frost, making it a versatile option for Australian gardens.

It’s often used as a wind barrier because its dense foliage acts as protection against strong winds.

Billy Buttons (Pycnosorus globosus)

Pycnosorus globosus 1 | Native plants

Billy Buttons is a beautiful Australian native ground cover plant that can grow up to 1.3 metres high and 1 metre wide.

Previously known as Craspedia globosa, Pycnosorus globosus goes by the common names of Billy Buttons and Drumsticks.

They flower in spring and summer, when the sun is high and hot. Their flowers are bright yellow globes that stand out against the soft grey leaves.

Billy Buttons are easy to care for and can be planted almost anywhere in Australia. They prefer full sun but will tolerate most soil types as long as it is free draining.

Hairpin Banksia (Banksia spinulosa)

Hairpin Banksia Banksia spinulosa | Native plants
Banksia spinulosa / Photo by Moonlight0551 / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Banksia spinulosa is a native Australian plant in the family Proteaceae. It’s commonly known as “Hairpin Banksia” because of its distinctive, narrow leaves. It’s a large shrub that can grow up to 4 metres tall and 5 metres wide.

Its yellow flowers form as long spikes and bloom in autumn or winter.

This banksia variety is mostly found on the central and southern coasts of New South Wales. It’s also found in Victoria and Queensland. It’s used for ornamental purposes, but can also serve as habitat for birds such as honeyeaters who feed on its seeds.

Large-leaf Bush-pea (Pultenaea daphnoides)

Large leaf Bush pea Pultenaea daphnoides | Native plants
Pultenaea daphnoides / Photo Margaret R Donald / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0

Pultenaea daphnoides, or the Large-leaf Bush-pea, is a native Australian plant that grows to about 2 metres in height.

The Large-leaf Bush-pea blooms in spring, producing yellow flowers that are pea-shaped. It grows in a range of soil types and prefers full sun exposure.

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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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