Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Australian Botanic Garden

See what’s blooming this month!

Each month our volunteer guides bring you the best of what's happening in our gardens. Find out which plants are blooming or are in the peak of their season for you to view.


Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Aloe ferox hybrid 
Aloe Eager Beaver

Aloe Greek alsos, Arabic alloeh  meaning bitter
Ferox "fierce" or "war-like" referring to the spiny edged leaves.
‘Eager Beaver” refers to early flowering

Rosettes of fleshy bluish green succulent leaves, which have spines along the edges. The spines are soft and are not dangerous. Racemes of packed tubular orange coloured flowers are held high on single firm stalks.

For more information on this variety, please open our detailed PDF

We have so many more plants in bloom this month in Sydney, open our Must See PDF and take a tour of the garden. 

Rhagodia spinescens

Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan

Phagodia spinescens
Spiny Saltbush, Hedge Saltbush, Thorny Saltbush

Genus: Rhagodia from the Greek rhagodes; referring to the similarity of fruit to berries or grapes
Species: Spinescens somewhat spiny

A small, spreading or upright shrub which may reach 0.5-1.5 m high by 1.5-4 m across. This species has small, greyish-green leaves which are covered with a flour like powder, called mealy. The branchlets are also mealy and sometimes spiny tipped.

For more information on this variety, please open our detailed PDF

Protea cynaroides 'King White'

 Photo: Jan Allen

Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah

Protea cynaroides 
King protea ‘King White’

Genus: Protea  from the Greek god, Proteus, capable of changing his form at will and in reference to the variety of forms within the genus.
Species: Cynaroides  resembling Cynara, the genus name of the globe artichoke, in reference to the involucral bracts, especially obvious in bud.

The species, from which this cultivar was developed by the ‘Proteaflora’ plant nursery in Monbulk, Victoria, is native to South Africa. There, it is the most widespread protea species with variation in flower colour, flowering time and plant morphology leading to the recognition of variants. The predominant flower colour is pink though white forms have been seen in the Kogelberg area and may occur elsewhere

For more information on this variety, please open our detailed PDF


 What else is in bloom at Mount Annan?


Backhousia citriodora
Banksia serrata 
Eucalyptus tereticornis 
Flindersia brayleyana
Leucophyta brownii
Persoonia pinifolia
Philydrum lanuginosum 
Pongamia pinnata
Rhodanthe anthemoides
Scaevola 'Aussie Salute'
Scaevola aemula 'Purple Fanfare


Agathis atropurpurea
Araucaria bidwillii 
Buckinghamia celsissima 

Bursaria spinosa
Casuarina glauca (prostrate)
Chrysocephalum apiculatum Yellow Buttons
Citrus australasica
Commersonia bartramia
Eucalyptus pulverulenta 
Hernandia bivalvis
Ptilotus exaltatus 


Banksia aemula 
Banksia hookeriana x prionotes

Callistemon sp. (Injune)
Commersonia bartramia
Crowea exalata
Eugenia reinwardtiana 

Gomphrena canescens
Grevillea 'Peaches & Cream'
Melicope elleryana
Syzygium pseudofastigiatum
Tylophora benthamii 


Archontophoenix cunninghamiana
Calotis lappulacea
Eucalyptus erythrocorys
Ficus superba var. henneana
Grevillea lanigera
Grevillea species
Grevillea wickhamii subsp. aprica
Lambertia formosa
Melaleuca lateritia
Prostanthera densa
Sterculia quadrifida
Westringia species: hedges
Wollemia nobilis


Banksia 'Giant Candles'
Banksia spinulosa
Eucalyptus caesia subsp. magna 
Eucalyptus sideroxylon 'Fawcett's Pink'
Grevillea nudiflora
Leionema sp. 'Colo River'
Pisonia umbellifera
Scaevola albida
Themeda triandra
Neolitsea dealbata


Cycas platyphylla
Grevillea cultivars 
Grevillea spp.
Hibiscus insularis 
Melia azedarach 
Podocarpus elatus
Thryptomene denticulata
Xanthorrhoea johnsonii 
Xerochrysum bracteatum 


Acacia amblygona Winter Gold
Acacia terminalis
Banksia ericifolia subsp. macrantha
Banksia ericifolia White-flowered form
Banksia 'Roller Coaster'
Callitris baileyi 
Cyathea cooperi
Epacris reclinata 
Grevillea tetragonoloba
Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Phagodia spinescens
Senna artemisioides ssp. x sturtii 


Acacia 'Annan Gold'
Acacia crassa subsp. crassa
Acacia chinchillensis 
Acacia macradenia
Acacia pubescens 
Acacia pustula
Acacia semilunata 
Alyogyne 'West Coast Gem'
Grevillea biternata
Grevillea rhyolitica subsp. rhyolitica
Hakea invaginata 
Kennedia rubicunda


Acacia fimbriata dwarf
Acacia leprosa ‘Scarlet Blaze’
Banksia blechnifolia 
Chorizema cordatum 
Grevillea speciosa
Macadamia ternifolia 
Pandorea 'Ruby Belle'
Prostanthera rotundifolia
Rhodanthe chlorocephala
Syzygium alliiligneum 


Actinotus helianthi 
Ajuga australis
Clematis glycinoides
Doryanthes palmeri
Hakea archaeoides 
Podolepis jaceoides
Pycnosorus globosus 
Ranunculus lappaceus
Telopea speciosissima 
Telopea speciosissima x oreades 



Alloxylon pinnatum
Angiopteris evecta 
Banksia grandis 
Brachychiton 'Griffith Pink'
Callistemon flavovirens
Hymenosporum flavum
Myrsine richmondensis
Perennial beds
Ranunculus lappaceus


Alloxylon flammeum
Araucaria cunninghamii
Austromyrtus dulcis
Banksia nutans var. nutans
Bauhinia hookeri 
Brachychiton bidwillii
Brachychiton 'Clarabelle' 
Erythrina numerosa
Eucalyptus tereticornis
Eupomatia laurina