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Australian Native Flowers and Their Meanings

Australia’s landscape is adorned with an incredible tapestry of native flowering plants that add splendour and colour to gardens. Besides bringing visual delight to our backyards, these native wonders have special meanings that you may not be aware of. At Online Plants, a leading online plants nursery in Melbourne, we have come up with a list of top 10 Australian native flowering plants with their meanings.  

Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos)

Representing resilience and uniqueness, paw-shaped, vibrant flowers, Kangaroo Paw come in various colours such as yellow, green and red. Resembling the paw of a kangaroo, these resilient plants attract nectar-loving birds and pollinators, making them an ecological addition to your garden.

Bottlebrush (Callistemon)

If you are looking for a low-maintenance, drought tolerant flowering plant, bottlebrush can be the best choice for you. These plants give rise to flowers in white, red, pink and green colours. Symbolising adaptability and vibrancy, bottlebrushes are available in an impressive range of colours that bring a flash of flair to your garden.


Whether you are looking for a dense hedge, low-growing ground cover or a marvelous focal point for your garden, Grevilleas will suit your needs. Known for their diversity and attractiveness, Grevillea are versatile shrubs with unique, spider-like flowers in a range of colours from red and orange to yellow and pinks.

Waratah (Telopea)

Waratah is an ideal choice for those who are looking for a statement piece that adds a splash of bold colour and represents strength and endurance. They give rise to magnificent, crimson-red flowers that are not just visually stunning, but also serve as a symbol of resilience.


Representing Australian beauty, Banksia represent innovation and adaptability. Available in a wide range of sizes, these iconic plants produce unique, cone-shaped flowers that explode with a vibrant palette of colours, including oranges, yellows, reds and pinks.

Native Fuchsia (Correa)

Known as Correa reflexa, Fuchsia symbolises subtle beauty and elegance. It boasts a profusion of bell-shaped, delicate flowers in shades of pink, red and green. As this hardy shrub can thrive in shaded areas, you can place them to brighten up overlooked corners. 

Wattle (Acacia)

Representing unity and national pride, wattle is the national floral emblem of Australia. It produces yellow fluffy flower clusters, resembling soft pom-poms. The blooms are rich in nectar, attracting a variety of birds and pollinators, and supporting the ecosystem.

Emu Bush (Eremophila)

Eremophila, also known as Emu Bush, symbolises resourcefulness and resilience. It features tubular flowers in a variety of colours, including red, pink, orange and yellow-gold. These drought-tolerant plants are ideal for arid regions and attract birds and insects.

Native Hibiscus (Alyogyne huegelii)

Native Hibiscus, also known as the Lilac Hibiscus, enriches the elegance of your backyard and with its large, hibiscus-like flowers. Signifying tropical beauty and grace, the blooms are available in shades of purple and pink.

Christmas Bush (Ceratopetalum gummiferum)

Representing festivity and celebration, Christmas Bush produces bright red or pink flowers, usually around Christmas time in Australia, hence its name. This large shrub or small tree is perfect for adding festive colour to your garden during the holiday season.

Wondering where to buy plants online in Australia? Online Plants is your go-to destination where you can find a wide range of native plants to choose from. We have a team of garden consultation experts who help you choose the right plant for your garden. For any question you may have about our collection of Australian plants online, get in touch with us.

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