A spectacular flowering red shrub
native to New South Wales
. Growing up to three metres tall, the waratah is the floral emblem
of New South Wales. Its scientific name is Telopea Speciosissima.
Waratah grows best in the wild
and is nearly impossible to cultivate
. It flourishes in soil
rich with humus
and prefers full sun
will not bloom
until it reaches at least two years in age. The first flowering can produce 6-20 blooms, and this number increases greatly with age.