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Posted 07 August 2008 - 11:11 PM

Melbourne wildflowers

Where to find Wildflowers around Melbourne?
Wildflowers bloom in national parks and reserves in the Grampians region and Victoria's high country.

In the warmer months wildflowers can be found in:
  • Alpine National Park
  • Baw Baw National Park
  • Cathedral Range State Park
  • Greater Bendigo National Park
  • Little Desert National Park (early summer)
In late winter, wildflowers can be found in the Grampians region in the Little Desert National Park.

Winter ends with a burst of colour in:
  • Cathedral Range State Park
  • Enfield State Park
  • French Island National Park
  • Grampians National Park
  • Greater Bendigo National Park
  • Kinglake National Park
  • Moondarra State Park
  • Mount Lawson State Park
  • Paddys Ranges State Park
  • Wyperfeld National Park
Look for native orchids at Cathedral Range State Park, Holey Plains State Park, where 25 species have been counted, and Morwell National Park, home to rare native orchids.

Books about Victorian Wildflowers

Wildflowers of Victoria 3rd ed. by Galbraith, Jean.
[Croydon, Victoria] : Longmans, Green, [1967].
Subject(s): Wild flowers -- Australia -- Victoria.

The native flowers of Victoria / by Edward Edgar Pescott ;
b. 1872.
Melbourne : Sydney : George Robertson & Co., [1914].
Subject(s): Wild flowers -- Victoria., Flowers -- Victoria.

Wild flowers of Victoria (Video) directed by Frank Muscolino.
[Melbourne] : Australian Wildlife Video & Documentaries, [2004]
Looks at Victoria's wild flowers, including the bush pea, orchids and daisies.
Subject(s): Wild flowers -- Victoria.

Wildflowers of Victoria / Celia Rosser.
Brisbane : Jacaranda Press, 1967.
Series & no.: Jacaranda wildflower guides
Subject(s): Wild flowers -- Victoria.

Australian wildflowers
Prahran, Vic. : Gould League of Victoria, c1984.
Text by Bob Cowie ; Design and illustrations by Alexis Beckett.
Available from The Secretary, Gould League of Victoria, P.O. Box 446 Prahran, Vic. 3181.
Subject(s): Wild flowers -- Australia.

The wild flowers around Melbourne / by Fanny Anne Charsley
Date(s) of creation: 1867.
Publication: London : Day & Son,
Medium: print : lithograph ;
Dimensions: sheet 36.3 x 26.5 cm.
Collection: Wild flowers around Melbourne (1867)

This interesting piece includes lots of beautiful drawings (some of which are included below). The species included in the drawing include:
Acacia oxycedrus, Ammobium alatum, Anguilaria dioica, Anthropodium laxum, Aotus villosus, Billardiera scandens, Bosseaea cinerea, Brunonia australis, Bulbine bulbosa, Burchardia umbellata, Caesia corymbosa, Caladenia alata, Caladenia pulcherrima, Clematis microphylla, Comesperma calemega, Convolvulus erubescens, Correa speciosa, Craspedia richea, Daviesia ulicina, Dianella longifolia, Dianella revoluta, Dillwynia cinerascens, Diuris elongata, Diuris oculata, Drosera auriculata, Epacris impressa, Glossodia major, Gompholobium huegelii, Goodenia geniculata, Grevillea latrobei, Hakea ulicina, Hardenbergia monophylla, Helichrysum bractaeatum, Helichrysum bracteatum, Hibbertia fasciculata, Kennedya prostrata, Leptospermum laevigatum, Leptospermum myrsinoides, Lobelia pedunculata, Lobelia simplicicaulis, Macdonaldia antennifera, Mesembryanthemum australe, Patersonia glauca, Pimelea humilis, Platylobium obtusangulum, Ricinocarpus pinifolius, Stylidium graminifolium, Stypandra caespitosa, Stypandra umbellata, Tetratheca ciliata, Thelymitra aristata, Thelymitra ixioides, Thysanotus patersonii, Thysanotus tuberosus, Utricularia lilacina, Villarsia parnassifolia, Viola betonicifolia, Viola hederacea, Wahlenbergia gracilis.

(These images can be viewed on the State Library Website)

Buying Wildflowers in Melbourne

Here is a great list of wildflowers suited to grow in Melbourne. These wildflowers can be obtained from the Victorian Indigenous Nurseries Cooperative.


Arthropodium milleflorum - Pale Vanilla Lily
Perennial, 30 x 30cm. Pale purple. Flowers Sep-Mar.
Moist soils, semi shade. Dies down in Summer.

Arthropodium minus - Vanilla Lily
Small lily to 30cm. Scented deep purple flowers Nov-Dec.
Moist soil, semi-shade. Dies down in Summer.

Arthropodium strictum - Chocolate Lily
Perennial 30 x 30cm. Scented mauve-purple flowers Sep-Dec.
Drought tolerant. Dies down in summer.

Brachyscome basaltica var. gracilis - Basalt Daisy
Perennial 30cm x 60cm. White & yellow flowers Sep-Jan.
Moist soil full sun. Drought sensitive.

Brachyscome diversifolia - Tall (Large Headed) Daisy
Perennial 40 x 40cm. Large white & yellow flowers Oct-Feb.
Dry soil, full sun. Drought tolerant.

Brachyscome multifida var multifida - Cut Leaf Daisy
Small spreading perennial to 30cm. Lilac & yellow flowers most of yr.
Moist soil, full sun. Very hardy.

Bracteantha viscose - Sticky Everlasting
Biennial 50x50cm. Large golden flowers Aug-Apr.
Well drained soil, full sun. Dies off Sum, reshoots Autumn.

Bulbine bulbosa - Bulbine Lily
Perennial 25 x25cm. Bright yellow flowers Sep-Feb.
Moist soil, full sun-shade. Drought tolerant.

Calocephalus citreus - Lemon Beauty Heads
Perennia 50 x 50cm. Yellow flowers Oct-Mar.
Dry soil, full sun. Dies off Sum, reshoots Win. Prune old stems

Chrysocephalum semipapposum - Clustered Everlasting
Clump forming perennial 50 x 50cm.
Golden flowers Sep-Jan. Dry soil, full sun. Very hardy & drought tolerant.

Dianella amoena - Matted Flax Lily
Tufted mat forming perennial up to 45cm tall
Accepts most soils. Drought tolerant.

Dianella longifolia var grandis - Pale Flax-lily
Tussock forming lily 60 x 60cm.
Pale blue flowers Oct-Jan, blue berries Nov-Jan.
Moist soil, semi-shade.

Dianella revolute - Black Anther Flax-lily
Perennial lily to 70cm tall. Blue, black & yellow flowers Sep-Mar.
Moist soil, sun-shade. Lime & drought tolerant.

Eryngium ovinum - Blue Devil
Perennial, 50x50cm. Metallic blue flower heads Dec-Jan.
Moist clay soil, sun. Dies back Autumn, reshoots spring.

Goodenia pinnatifida - Cut-leaf Goodenia
Annual or perennial 30 x 60cm. Yellow flowers Sep-Dec.
Moist soil, full sun. Drought tolerant.

Helichrysum rutidolepis - Pale Everlasting
Perennial daisy, .2 x 1m. Greenish yellow flowers with orange petals Oct-Dec.
Poorly drained soils, full sun.

Leptorhynchos squamatus - Scaly Buttons
Delicate perennial daisy, 25 x 40cm. Bright yellow flowers Sep-Jan.
Moist soil, full sun. Drought tolerant.

Leptorhynchos tennuifolius - Wiry Buttons
Perennial 30 x 30cm. Single yellow flower heads Sep-Jan.
Dry well drained soils, full sun. Drought tolerant.

Lomandra filiformis - Wattle Mat-rush
Small tussock plant 25 x 20cm. Yellow or cream flowers Aug-Dec.
Dry soil, full sun. Drought tolerant.

Lomandra longifolia - Spiny-headed Mat-rush
Tussock plant 1 x m. Honey scented cream flowers Aug-Dec.
Moist soil, demi-shade. Drought & flood tolerant.

Linum marginale - Native Flax
Delicate perennial 50 x 0cm. Bright blue cup shaped flowers Sep-Nov.
Moist soil, full sun. Hardy, drought tolerant.

Microseris aff. Lanceolata - Murnong (Yam Daisy)
Small perennial, 40 x 30cm. Bright yellow flowers Jul-Dec.
Moist soil, sun. Dies down Sum, reshoots Autumn.

Patersonia occidentalis - Long Leaf Purple Flag
Tufted clump 30cm x 30cm. Large purple iris flowers in spring.
Moist, sunny area.

Pelargonium austral - AustralStorks Bill
Small perennial 50 x 50cm. White and pink flowers Oct-Feb.
Dry, well-drained soil, sun. Drought tolerant.

Podolepis jaceoides - Showy Podolepis
Annual-perennial daisy, 50 x 30cm. Bright yellow large flowers Sep-Feb.
Moist soil, sun. Drought tolerant.

Pycnosorus chrysantha - Golden Billy-buttons
Perennial daisy 30 x 30cm. Golden flowers Oct-Mar.
Moist poor drained soil, sun. Drought tolerant.

Stylidium graminifolium - Grass-leaf Trigger Plant
Perennial lily-like plant, 25 x 25cm. Pink flowers Sep-Dec.
Protected position, moist soil, semi-shade.

Velleia paradoxa - Spur Velleia
Small perennial, 50 x50cm. Sort yellow flowers to 3cm wide Oct-Nov.
Moist well-drained soil, full sun.

Vittadinia gracilis - Woolly New Holland Daisy
Small plant, 40 x 30cm. Lilac daisy flowers Sep-Nov.
Moist, well-drained soil, full sun. Drought tolerant.

Wahlenbergia communis - Tufted Bluebell
Small perennial plant, 30 x 40cm. Bright blue, bell-like flowers Nov-Mar.
Dry, well-drained soil, sun-shade.

Wahlenbergia gracilis - Grass-leaf Bluebell
Slender annual plant, 40 x 50cm. Small, bright blue flowers Sep-Feb.
Moist, well-drained soil, full sun.

Wahlenbergia stricta - Australian Bluebell
Dainty small plant, 30 x 50cm. Bright sky blue flowers Aug-Jan.
Dry, well-drained soil, full sun.

Xerochrysum viscosum - Sticky Everlasting
Biennial 50x50cm. Large golden flowers Aug-Apr.
Well drained soil, full sun. Dies off Sum, reshoots Autumn.
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Posted 07 August 2008 - 11:17 PM

Here are some pics from the The wild flowers around Melbourne / by Fanny Anne Charsley (1867.)

More wild flower pics can be viewed on the State Library Website in the Pictures Catalogue:


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