Awaken the wow factor with Waratahs
Far from the red earth of the north, the red sunsets of the west and the red kangaroos of Australia’s centre, the south-eastern dwellers of this sun blessed country have another crimson claim-to-fame. The striking Waratah flower. (Yes, that does include the NSW Rugby Waratahs – if sport excites you as much as flowers energise us!).
Inspiring local and international bushwalkers in National Parks across NSW, ask any avid hiker and they’ll tell you that they can spot a Waratah “a kilometre away”. Which is probably how the species received it’s generic name Telopea, which is derived from the Greek 'telopos', meaning 'seen from afar'. The preferred epithet in Australia however, is its indigenous name “Waratah” which was adopted by early settlers at Port Jackson who noted our traditional custodians sipping rich honeyed juice from the centre of the flower.
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Luckily for you, the Waratah’s wow factor climaxes in September, October & November, so NOW is the best time to thrill your loved ones, work colleagues, clients or living room with this spectacular species.
- The name Waratah means ‘red flowering tree’ and was named by the Eora Aboriginal people of the Sydney area.
- The Waratah is the NSW state emblem
- The most common colour of a Waratah is a vibrant red colour, but you can also find pink and white varierties.
- The Waratah makes for a great cut flower which is striking in any arrangement as well as long lasting.