Australian Native Flowers & Floral Gift Ideas February 26 2016

One of our great treasures in Australia is the abundance of native flowers. Thanks to the vast range of different environments and plant communities, the native plants of Australia are the most diverse and varied in the world, with an astounding 24,000 species of native plants having been identified.

Australia's flowers grow in lush tropical rainforests, harsh stony deserts, alpine meadows and sandy heathlands. The beauty and diversity of the wild flowers inspire artists, designers, and gardeners.

red bush flower tea towel

Red Bush Flower Essence Tea Towel

Australia's National Floral Emblem

The golden wattle (Acacia pycnantha Benth.) is Australia's national floral emblem and when in flower, this spectacular plant displays our national colours -  green and gold.

2016 Calendar wildflowers

The Golden Wattle can be found all over Australia and when you walk down suburban streets it is common to see pops of bright gold in gardens in late Winter and Spring. This evergreen shurb is featured in the Bits of Australia branding and in many of our products including the Australian Wildflowers 2016 Calendar which also contains stunning photos of other native species such as the Stuart Desert Pea and Banksia.

State Floral Emblems

Kangaroo Paw (WA)  and The Desert Pea (SA)

The Kangaroo Paw's tubular flowers are coated with thick hairs and open at the top with six claw-like structures. This paw formation is the reason for the common name of this plant species.  The striking red and green colours and form of the flowers make them a very attractive addition to any garden and create stunning displays in their natural habitats in the southwest of Western Australia.

 Australian native flowers magnet pack

The Kangaroo Paw is featured along with three other native Australian flowers: the Grevillea, Desert Pea and Waratah in original pictures in the set of 4 magnets from Mokoh Design pictured above.

The striking blood-red and black colours of the Desert Pea jump out at you from the original artwork used in the Mokoh Design magnets. The Desert Pea (Swainsona formosa) is well adapted to life as a desert plant. The small seeds are extremely resistant and can germinate after many years. Seeds have a tough seed coat, which protects them from harsh arid environments until it rains again, but prevents germination in normal domestic environments.

Waratah (NSW)

The Waratah (Telopea) is the floral emblem of New South Wales and one of our favourite Australian flowers at Bits of Australia. This magnificent plant is native to NSW, Victoria and Tasmania. The Waratah is  is featured in our branding and in the designs of many of our Australian made gifts.


Waratah Bud Card

This stunning greeting card features original artwork depicting the Waratah by Australian design duo Inaluxe.The card is printed carbon neutral with vegetable based ink and made from luxuriously thick 100% post-consumer waste card.  

Pink Heath (Victoria)

The Pink Heath (Epacris impressa) is the pink form of the common heath and is the state floral emblem of Victoria. It's a slender, upright shurb with pink flowers. The beautiful plant grows to about a metre in height. and has rigid, alternate leaves which are stalkless and quite narrow. 

Common heath

Cooktown Orchid (Queensland)

The Cooktown Orchid (Dendrobium bigibbum var phalaenopsis) is quite distinctive in appearance with flowers which are coloured close to the Queensland's state colour - maroon.

The generic name Dendrobium comes from the Greek word 'dendron', meaning 'tree', and 'bios', meaning 'life'. The specific name phalaenopsis comes from the Greek word 'phalaina', meaning 'moth', due to the flower's resemblance to a moth. 

Cooktown orchid

It occurs naturally in northern Queensland, from Johnston River to Iron Range.

Blue Gum (Tasmania) 

The Tasmanian blue gum (Eucalyptus globulus) is an evergreen tree, and one of the most widely cultivated native trees in the country.

Australia's Eucalyptus or gum trees are one of our most iconic plants and help to make our landscape both beautiful and unique. There are more than 900 species of gum trees and their flowers come in many different shapes and colours. The colourful bloom of the Gum Blossom isn't created by petals but rather the stamens which attract nectar-feeding birds and other pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

The red flowering gum (Corymbia ficifolia) is one of the most commonly found trees in Aussie gardens and yards and is featured in many of our wonderful gifts for men and women such as the Gum Blossom Linen Apron by Sydney Textile Co.

Gum Blossom Linen Apron
Australia's gorgeous gum blossoms also appear in the original Mokoh Design Art print and the beautiful silver gum blossom pendant by Polli.

Mokoh Design Gum Blossom Art print 

Royal Bluebell (ACT)

The Royal Bluebell or Royal Bluebird (Wahlenbergia gloriosa) grows in high rainfall areas in the Australian Alps, but is the state floral emblem of the Australian Capital Territory.

This attractive plant has small dark green leaves in rosettes and dark blue/purple coloured flowers, making the plant extremely eye-catching. 

The Royal Bluebell is one of the stunning Australian native flowers featured in Bits of Australia's unique branding (pictured below).

Bits of Australia branding 

Sturt's Desert Rose (Northern Territory)

The Desert Rose (Gossypium sturtianum) is a small bushy plant, growing to a height of about one and a half metres. It has dark green, round to oval shaped leaves and mauve flowers with a deep red marking at the base. Its flowers look a bit like those of the Hibiscus, which belongs to the same family. This unique flower is also featured in our branding (see above).

The Desert Rose igrows in arid zones and is found in the southern part of the Northern Territory as well as parts of South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland.

More of Australia's Native Flowers

a slender, upright shrub which normally grows to around 1 metre in height, although they can grow higher.

The leaves are narrow and sharply pointed, they range from 4 to 16 mm in length.

The flowers are white, pink or red in colour and grow in tightly packed clusters along the stems. They are about 2 cm long and are narrow and tubular.

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a slender, upright shrub which normally grows to around 1 metre in height, although they can grow higher.

The leaves are narrow and sharply pointed, they range from 4 to 16 mm in length.

The flowers are white, pink or red in colour and grow in tightly packed clusters along the stems. They are about 2 cm long and are narrow and tubular.

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Bottlebrushes (Callistemon spp.) get their name from the plant's spike-shaped flowers, which as a cluster look like the long brushes used to clean bottles. One of the most well known and widely grown Australian shurbs, Bottlebrushes are among the hardiest of Aussie native plants and are long lived.

This distinctive flower is the hero of our Australian Bottlebrush Wrapped Soap, which possesses a gentle fragrance and is made of true plant oil.


Australia botttlebrush wrapped soap 


The Australian bottlebrush is also featured in the lovely Australian Native Flower Magnet gift pack pictured above which also includes original pictures of the Golden Wattle, Pin Cushion Plant and Banksia.

Geraldton Wax

Geraldton Wax (Chamaelaucium uncinatum) is a hardy flower endemic to Western Australia. If you go for bush walks in WA in June - November you might be lucky enough to spot the white or pink flowers of this beautiful plant which can survive Australia's dry Summers.


Geraldton wax silver pendant

The essence of this tough native flower with a soft and alluring appearance has been captured in the fine sterling silver pendant by Polli (see picture above). This delightful design features three flowers on a stem of waxy leaves and a few hopeful buds. 

Here are a few more of the vibrant gifts in our online store which celebrate the beauty and diversity of Australia's native flowers. 

bloom australian flower coaster pack         

Bloom Coaster Pack                                Bloom Placemat Pack




Bloom Notepad                                 Bloom Gift Tag Pack

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