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.

Sydney POM August 15

Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Medinilla multiflora Merr.
Malaysian Orchid, Malaysian Grapes

Etymology
Genus: Medinilla: Named for Jose’ de Medinilla y Pineda, Spanish Governor of the Mariana Islands in 1820.
Multiflora: derived from Latin multi ‘many’ and flora ‘flowered’ referring to the many flowers.

Flowering
Late Winter to Spring.

Information
Medinilla is a genus of about 400 species which are predominantly epiphytic shrubs with 90 per cent endemic to the Philippines. The remainder occur in other parts of Malesia.

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. 

Annan POM August 15

Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan

Acacia leucoclada subsp. argentifolia 
Northern Silver Wattle

Etymology
Genus: Acacia — from the Greek acacia, ace or acis, a point or thorn.
Species: leucoclada — from the Greek leukos meaning white and klados meaning branch.
argentifolia – from the Latin argent meaning silver and folia meaning leaf.

Flowering
Flowering occurs during July to September. The showy globular flower heads are yellow and grow in long axillary racemes. The mature pods are red-brown in colour and slightly hairy, they are present during November to January.

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’

Etymology
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.

Distribution
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

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 What else is in bloom at Mount Annan?

 January

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

February

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 


March

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 


April

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

May

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

June

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

July

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

August

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

September

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

October

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

 

November

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

December

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