There is quite a lot of this small flowering shrub in Perth’s Bold Park at present. It is half hidden in the undergrowth and not particularly noticeable. But if you take a close up look, you’ll find that the small flowers are quite pretty. It’s called Pearl Flower (Conostephium pendulum).
As well as yesterday’s Hovea, the rather similar looking Native Wisteria is also flowering in Perth’s Bold Park at present. They both have blue/purple pea type flowers, but they are quite easy to tell apart. Hovea is a straggly shrub with narrow leaves, while Native Wisteria is a climber with broad leaves. But the most obvious difference is that Native Wisteria has distinctive green “eyes”.
The pale pink flowers up top are Diplopeltis huegelii (no common name, as far as we know) and the deep red flowers above are Cockies Tongue (Templetonia retusa). The flowers below are Yellow Tailflower (Anthrocercis littorea). All are native to Western Australia.
The most noticeable wildflower in Perth’s Bold Park at present is Firewood Banksia (Banksia menziesii). The most common flowers are pink, as shown above, but there is also a rarer yellow form.
The flower heads (or inflorescences, if you want to be technical) look quite different before they start to open.