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Favorite thing: Australia has an extraordinary diversity of flora with many thousands of plants being quite specific to very small and particular areas. Two stunning plants to look out for in New South Wales are the flamboyant waratah (the state's floral emblem) and the delicate flannel flower.
Most commonly flaming crimson though there is a rare cream variety, waratah grow as a small, shrubby tree. You'll find them growing in the coastal forests and western slopes of the Great Dividing Range of New South Wales - and in lots of gardens - gardeners have loved then for their spectacular flowers ever since the first specimens appeared in Europe in the 1790s. Tasmania has one species of waratah and another grows in parts of Victoria but it is New South Wales with which the plant is most identified. Don't ever call it a Kiwi rose!!!!
Stunning as the waratah is, it's the starry flannel flower, with its soft cream "petals" (bracts ) each tipped with a tiny green dot and and felty texture, that is my real favourite. You'll see their sprawly clumps in flower as you travel all along the eastern seaboard of New South Wales in spring. Please don't pick them - the bushland flannel flower is under serious threat from over-picking. There are several varieties available at nurseries for growing at home and most florists in NSW sell them as cut flowers from commercial growers.
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