Australian Icon: Wattle

12 May



As children, we in Australia are schooled in the beauty of this plant. We are taught poems that speak touchingly of its delights.

As adults, many of us have to travel to natural bush areas to it see first-hand.

Here’s a photograph of one that grows in Sydney.

There are quite a few varieties, and I’m no expert. I ‘ll make a guess and suggest it’s Flax Wattle, but if you know better then please don’t be shy. 🙂


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8 Responses to “Australian Icon: Wattle”

  1. Conrad (The Wine Wankers) May 12, 2014 at 12:21 am #

    It’s all good until it gets up your nose! 😉

  2. davidprosser May 12, 2014 at 7:38 am #

    You can’t do this to me Margaret, t’s only half a story. Why is wattle so iconic and what makes it worthy of poems in it’s honour? It looks a pretty little flower but nothing compared to some you’ve shown us.
    xxx Humungus Hugs xxx

  3. Margaret Lynette Sharp May 12, 2014 at 7:49 am #

    I guess that this isn’t one of the most spectacular forms of Wattle, David. Nevertheless, Wattle is the Floral Emblem of Australia, and is a symbol of patriotism. It is almost exclusively an Australian species. I will try to post a photo of the more showy types in due course.
    xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx

  4. Odie Langley May 12, 2014 at 9:27 am #

    You and David have peaked my interest and look forward to learning more

  5. Linda Visman - wangiwriter May 13, 2014 at 1:56 am #

    We have a Cootamundra wattle in our front yard. I’ve always wanted that kind since Mum had one in our yard when I was a kid. I thought it a beautiful tree, and still do.
    Some wattles have denser foliage and blossoms, and put on a fantastic show in July and August. Love them! 🙂

    • Margaret Lynette Sharp May 13, 2014 at 6:34 am #

      Yes, Linda, many types are very striking and beautiful. It’s specially lovely that you have childhood associations with the Cootamundra Wattle.
      It’s wonderful that there are so many varieties because for much of the year we can enjoy them in flower. 🙂

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