The flowers of
Kangaroo Island bloom from late August until mid-October. Many
of them are unique to Kangaroo Island.
are flooded with colours and scents from the flowers,
and it is advised that you stop the car, get out and take a walk
along the roadside to see the best of natures display of colours
There are over
100 varieties, varying from Wattles and Bottlebrushes to small
bush flowers and native Orchids.
The flowers occur
from the heath land to the coastal areas. All are spectacular
when in full bloom. Colours range from white through pinks, blues,
oranges and yellows.
It is illegal
to pick the wildflowers, however photographing them is advised
and happily permitted.
Many of the locals
have names for the flowers and not being a botanist these names
are easier to remember and delightful as descriptions of the flowers.
Look for the 'Jam Tart Bush' and the 'Egg and Bacon' flowers....
or the tiny 'Spider Orchid', which is aptly named.
There are books
available on Kangaroo Island that will help with the identification
of the floral display. These are 'Kangaroo Island Wildflowers'
(published locally), and the more complete book of the flowers
on the Island 'It is Blue with 4 Petals'.