Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


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 Tomah?


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


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


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


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


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


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

Eucalyptus pulverulenta
Euonymus hamiltonianus
Oxydendrum arboretum
Protea neriifolia
Swertia sp.


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
Protea cynaroides 
Senecio medley-woodii
Zieria arborescens


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


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 cv. Fortune
Prunus subhirtella
Telopea speciosissima 
Tulipa cultivar Black Diamond


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


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


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