Delightful Verticordias or Featherflowers, flower in our local reserves from October to early November when peak flowering has passed. Local verticordias prefer sands and sandy gravels, commonly in kwongan sandplain.
The genus Verticordia (Myrtaceae family) comes from Latin meaning “turner of hearts”, which refers to Venus the Roman goddess of love, whose favourite plant was a myrtle. Early plant taxonomists were a romantic lot.
Some can be a bit confusing for non-specialists like me to identify as flowers in species like Verticordia huegelii below and Verticordia grandiflora change colour as they mature.
- Kwongan scrub about 500 metres past the turnoff to Yilliminning Rock on Birdwhistle Road. Wonderful display of pinkish white Verticordia eriocephala in a low slope on the west of the road.
- Harrismith Nature reservewww.foxeslair.org/foxypress/harrismith-nature-reserve. Several species in kwongan upland.
- The Kwongan Walk at Candy Block in October ( also other interesting kwongan wildflowers)
- Newman Block. Look for Verticordia acerosa and Verticordia grandiflora on the upland gravel part of the Orchid Walk. There is a lovely show of pink Verticordia densiflora on the white sand part of the Sandplain Walk in early November if there has been good spring rain.
- Stops 2 and 3 at Highbury Nature Reserve.