WATTLE (Acacia)

Commonly known as WATTLE, Acacia is the largest genus of vascular plants in Australia. Australia’s national floral emblem is Acacia pycnantha, the Golden Wattle.

Wattle Day is celebrated on the 1st of September each year.

I never knew Acacia flowers also come in pink, (Sunshine Wattle – Acacia terminalis), until I moved to this western suburb of Melbourne and found a bush next to the Maribyrnong River walking trail, near my current home.

…….and when I lived next to the Yarra River on the north-east side of Melbourne in Abbotsford, the river was lined with Wattle Plants and made for a beatiful walk at this time of the year.   I don’t know what all the different varieties are called, just that if I get too close, I start sneezing.   These bushes are not an allergy-sufferers best friend.

13 thoughts on “WATTLE (Acacia)

  1. We have several species of which are pink, and they grow both as climbers/viners and as low to the ground plants. I’ve never posted any images of them — I’ll have to remedy that. We have yellow, too — I think we might have talked about that. Our version is known as huisache (Acacia farnesiana). I’ve never posted those photos, either. They’re all so beautiful, and this was a banner year for the huisache.

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  2. Love the pink one, Vicki. I didn’t know about it either. Wattles are a great sign of Spring aren’t they! Yellow ones in the paddock behind us have been in flower for a week or so and it’s always a joy to see them.

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    1. I much prefer the pink variety to the yellow ones. Yellow is not my favourite colour and after a while all the various yellow wattle varieties get to be a bit ‘ordinary’, especially if they’re amongst greyish other trees.

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