Telopea speciosissima – Waratah

This iconic plant is deservedly the floral emblem of NSW, with it’s beautiful bright red flower heads that are much admired and sought after. It can grow from a large shrub to small tree size in ideal conditions. The flowers can have colour variations in the wild, with pink or white forms being rarely seen, flowers are most often a bright red.

Waratahs grow well on a sandy loam soil with good drainage and some supplementary watering if conditions are very dry. They like good air flow around them, so don’t place too close to other plants.

Family : Proteaceae
Cultivar Name:
Plant Type : Small tree, Large shrub
Width : 3
Flowering Time : Spring
Soil Type : Sandy, Sandy loam, Potting mix
Climate Zone : Warm temperate, Mediterranean
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Open foliage
Soil Moisture : Well-drained
Special Uses : Cut flower
Scientific Name: Telopea speciosissima
Common Name : Waratah
Height : 4
Flower Color : Red
pH Level : Acid, Neutral
Plant Environment : Flower garden
Light : Light shade, Half shade
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
Attracts Wildlife : Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects