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Waratah

The beautiful waratah is not only the NSW floral emblem, it's also one of the best-known Australian native plants. This iconic Australian bush flower can be found on sandstone ridges around Sydney, in nearby mountain ranges and on the NSW South Coast. The waratah has a vibrant crimson flowerhead, measuring up to 15cm across, and blossoms in spring.

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The waratah is a beautiful yet hardy flowering bush. There are 5 species of this native Australian plant, of which several are only found in NSW. The iconic waratah grows in forest understorey, on sandstone ridges and can be found from Gibraltar Range in the north of NSW to Lake Conjola in the south.

Growing to a maximum height of 4m, this shrub has dark-green leathery serrated leaves. It produces magnificent crimson flower heads and similarly red-coloured outer petals, known as bracts.

Plant facts

Common name
Waratah
Scientific name
Telopea speciosissima
Conservation status in NSW
Protected

Parks in which this plant is found

Lady Carrington Drive, Royal National Park. Photo: David Finnegan