Wildflower Season in Grampians National Park

Common Heath, Grampians Wildflowers

Epic mountains, stunning views, endless kangaroos and beautiful sunsets often top the list of reasons to visit the Grampians National Park. However, the striking elements of the region don’t stop there – come late winter the national park bursts with colourful wildflowers.

The Grampians is home to one third of Victoria’s flora, hiding within the rugged mountain range. More than 1,000 species of flowering plants grow in the region, with approximately 20 of these species endemic to the Grampians.

For thousands of years, the indigenous Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung people have lived by six distinct seasons and weather patterns, rather than the common four. These periods are defined by the climatic features of the environment, including the season ‘petyan’, or the ‘season of wildflowers’. This is experienced between late August to mid November and sees the landscape pop with colour and life.

Below is a snapshot of just some of the wonderful flowers that can be found in the national park. To see, touch and smell them, the annual Grampians Wildflower Show is on Saturday 28th September in Halls Gap. Put it in your diaries, and head to the Grampians to see the flowers in the flesh.

Grampians Wildflowers


Parrot Pea – Dillwynia Glaberrima

Parrot Pea – Dillwynia Glaberrima

The Smooth Parrot Pea is a plant in the Fabaceae family, native to Australia. This flower grows in open, heathy forest in Victoria, Queensland, NSW, Tasmania and South Australia.


Grampians Wildflowers

Blue Tinsel-Lily – Calectasia Intermedia

Native to the areas of western Victoria and south-eastern South Australia, the blue tinsel-lily flowers in early spring. It is the only member of the calectasia family that is not endemic to Western Australia.

 Grampians Thryptomeme – Thryptomene Calycina
Image credit: GoldStar_54

Grampians Thryptomeme – Thryptomene Calycina

Endemic to Australia, this shrub is in the Myrtaceae family. It grows up to 2 metres high and produces white flowers between July and November.

 

Grampians Wildflowers
Image credit: Gardening with Angus

Native Fuschia – Correa Reflexa

This flower grows in a variety of habitats from mountain forests to dry mallee scrub. Following the coast, the native fuschia ranges from south east South Australia, through Victoria to eastern New South Wales, into south east Queensland.

 

Grampians wildflowers
Image credit: Australian Seed

Grampians Gum – Eucalyptus Serraensis

Endemic to the Grampians, the Grampians Gum is a small tree with white flowers. It is thought to be a hybrid of:

    • Eucalyptus baxteri × E. serraensis or
    • E. verrucata or Eucalyptus serraensis × E. verrucata

 

Common Heath, Grampians Wildflowers
Image credit: JJ Harrison

Common Heath – Epacris Impressa

Native to south eastern Australia, the common heath grows in shrubbery and open forest. It is a small plant that grows up to one meter tall. It attracts honey eating birds, most commonly the Eastern Spinebill.

Grampians Orchids


Grampians Wildflowers
Flying Duck Orchid ­– Caleana Major

This distinctive duck-like flower tricks male sawflies into thinking it is a female sawfly and traps the insect in its beak to catch the fly in its pollen before exiting. It is native to Australia.

Grampians Orchids
Image credit: Kevin Sparrow

Grampians Spider Orchid –  Caladenia Grampiana

This ground orchid has a single hairy leaf and one or two pale yellow or pinkish flowers. It is endemic to the Grampians National Park.

Grampians orchids
Image credit: Paul Foreman

Golden Moth Orchid – Diuris Protena

The Golden Moth Orchid is only found in Victoria and classed as endangered. It has a tuft of between four and eight leaves and up to three yellow flowers.

 

grampians wildflowers
Ornate Finger Orchid – Caladenia Ornata

Standing 10-18 cm tall, this orchid has one or two bright pink flowers. It flowers between October and December and is endemic to Victoria.

 

Grampians wildflowers
Image credit: Geoff Boyes

Hornet Orchid – Diuris Sulphurea

Aptly named the hornet orchid, this flower is bright yellow with dark brown markings. It can have up to seven flowers on a stem. It is endemic to eastern Australia.

Grampians Orchids
Pink Hyacinth-Orchid – Dipodium Roseum

This flower is a leafless saprophytic orchid found in south eastern Australia. In summer it showcases up to fifty pale pink flowers.


Make the most of ‘petyan’ – pack your walking shoes, your camera and hit the walking tracks this spring. Walk all day, refuel at night at the Royal Mail Hotel. Book now.

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