Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Blue Mountains 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.

Luculia pinceana

Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Luculia pinceana 
Pince’s luculia 

Etymology
Luculia: the Latinised form of the Nepalese name, Luculi Swa
Pinceana: named for Mr Pince, who raised the plant from seed in England.

Description
A branching and woody large, lush, evergreen shrub  growing to 2 metres high ; the leaves are elliptical, deep-green and prominently veined.. The flowers are arranged in open terminal umbels or corymbs, are tubular, pink, heavily scented, and vary in size from 10-20cm long; there are  5 spreading petals.

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. 

Grevillea 'Honey Barbara'

Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan

Grevillea 
Grevillea cultivars 

Etymology
Genus: After Charles Francis Greville, 1749-1809, co-founder of the Horticultural Society, London, now the Royal Horticultural Society.

Distribution
Grevillea species are found predominantly Australia, with a few species in New Caledonia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

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


Eucalyptus boliviana

 Photo: Jan Allen

Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah

Eucalyptus boliviana
Bolivia Hill stringybark

Etymology
Genus: Eucalyptus - From Greek, eu, well and calyptos, covered referring to the cap which covers the developing flowers.
Species: boliviana – commemorates Bolivia Hill, where this species was first reported. The area was occupied in 1840 by Edward Hurry who had lived in Bolivia in South America and was struck by the likeness of the areas.

Description
A small stringybark tree to 12 m. in height though sometimes a multi-stemmed mallee to only 5 m. Branchlets are 4-angled and glaucous. The leaves, dull green when young, become bluish-green and then glossy green with age. Flowers, in clusters of up to seven, form large, tightly clustered gumnuts. 

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


 

 What else is in bloom at Mount Tomah?

January

Alloxylon pinnatum 
Callomeria amaranthoides
Chara species
Dais cotinifolia
Galtonia candicans
Lycopodium deuterodensum
Pachystegia insignis 
Quercus robur 
Themeda australis
Ugni molinae

February

Alloxylon pinnatum
Azorella trifurcate 
Erica verticillata 
Eucryphia moorei
Eucryphia cordifolia
Gevuina avellana
Ochagavia carnea
Protea lorifolia

March 

Anemone hybrida
Berberidopsis beckleri
Campanula takesimana
Fraxinus excelsior
Grevillea evansiana
Hydrangea aspera
Lapageria rosea
Protea cynaroides 
Protea lorifolia 
Quercus phellos, Quercus laurifolia 

April

Amanita muscaria
Castanea sativa
Cornus officinalis
Parsonsia purpurascens
 
Pherosphaera fitzgeraldii
Protea lorifolia 
Prunus sargentii
Rosa cv Autumnalis
Sassafras albidum
Stewartia pseudocamellia

May

Acer japonicum
Acer palmatum
Acer palmatum 'atrolineare' 
Acer saccharum
Chrysanthemum ‘Garden Queen’
Ginkgo biloba 
Nothofagus obliqua
Persimmons
Picea pungens
Protea lorifolia 
Pseudolarix amabilis
Tilia kiusiana

June

Acer palmatum 'atrolineare' 
Agapetes serpens
Camellia Clarrie Fawcett
Camellias
Camellia sasanqua
Carpinus betulus
Eucalyptus boliviana

Eucalyptus pulverulenta
Euonymus hamiltonianus
Oxydendrum arboretum
Protea neriifolia
Swertia sp.

July

Acacia longifolia
Alnus glutinosa
Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 
Bulbinella latifolia
Camellia japonica Hikarugenji 
Chimonanthus yunnanensis
Delavay's Osmanthus
Erica bodkinii
Galanthus elwesii
Gunnera tinctoria
Homoranthus darwinioides
Illicium anisatum
Leucochrysum albicans
Protea amplexicaulis
Senecio medley-woodii
Zieria arborescens

August

Crocus tommasinianus
Daphne odora 
Dimorphanthera alpina
Doryphora sassafras
Michelia maudiae
Narcissus King Alfred  
Narcissus 'My Gracious' 

Narcissus tazetta italicus
Rhododendron cv Christmas Cheer
Scilla peruviana
Thuja occidentalis

September

Acacia cultriformis
Acacia melanoxylon
Cerasus subhirtella var. pendula 
Darwinia taxifolia subsp. macrolaena
Eucalyptus gregsoniana
Hebe Blue Gem
Magnolia Rustica Rubra
Magnolia X soulangiana
Monga Waratah
Narcissus
Narcissus cv. Fortune
Prunus subhirtella
Telopea speciosissima 
Tulipa cultivar Black Diamond

October

Chionanthus retusus
Edmondia pinifolia 
Erinacea anthyllis 
Leucospermum prostratum
Pieris formosa var. forrestii
Primula denticulata
Prunus cv Ukon
Rhododendron cv. Unknown Warrior
Rosa banksiae
Shady Lady Waratah
Syringa x chinensis
Wisteria

November

Dicksonia antarctica
Fragrant Rhododendrons
Iris cv Caracas
Leander rose 
Olearia argophylla
Puya alpestris subsp. zoellneri 
Rhododendron nuttallii
Rhododendron cv Queen Nefertiti
Rosa cv Lamarque
Telopea speciosissima x mongaensis

December

Aristea ecklonii
Cardiocrinum giganteum
Cornus capitata
Lilium cv Royal Parade
Mitraria coccinea
Native Poaceae species
Persoonia chamaepitys
Pyrrosia rupestris
Quercus robur 
Rhododendron maddenii
Sarracenia
Tree Ferns
Wollemia nobilis