The Waratah flower is amazing. Un-missable in the Monbulk warehouse this week are rows and rows of big, beautiful Waratahs – and currently we also have some unusual white ones as well (pictures of actual stock below).
Here are some interesting facts about this awesome Australian native:
Waratah Flowers Cause A Political Controversy
The Waratah flower is the floral emblem of New South Wales and in 2009 was involved in some controversy as when the government unveiled their new $5000 emblem an outcry went out amongst botanists (and the opposition) that rather than a picture of a Waratah, they had in fact bought a picture of an Indian lotus!.
Waratah Flowers get their name is an Aboriginal word for ‘beautiful” (comes from the Eora people, the original inhabitants of the Sydney area). Here’s a lovely Dreamtime story of how the flower was created and got its name.
FREE Wedding Flowers E-book!
Get our glamorous floral design blogs delivered to your inbox, plus the Tesselaar's Guide To Breathtaking Wedding Flowers - FREE! Click below...
The beauty of the flower was not the only use for the flower however, the indigenous people used to place the flower in a bowl of water to let the flavour and sweetness of the flower infuse with the liquid to be used as a medicinal tonic for children.
Many Flowers in One Striking, Tall Redhead
The botanical term for the flower is quite logical, seeing as the flowers are big and visible from quite far away – Telopea which comes form the Greek word ‘telepos”, literally ‘seen from a distance’.
The flower head is in fact a conflorescence (a cluster of flowers) consisting of up to as many as 240 individual flowers depending on the species and the plant can grow up to three metres tall.
Know any interesting Waratah facts? Got any photos of arrangements you’ve done using them? Why not comment below with any ideas for using them in floral design?
Latest posts by Seamus (see all)
- Ordering flowers just got WAY easier with Pricelist Buy Buttons - April 19, 2018
- Eye On The Market – Jan 9th 2018 - January 9, 2018
- Eye On The Market – Christmas Specials - December 19, 2017