Golden Wattle – The National Flower of Australia
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Did you know that that it was only in 1988 when the Golden Wattle, also known as the ‘Acacia pycnantha’, became Australia’s national flower? That year was also Australia’s bicentenary year.
The National Flower of Australia
The national flower of Australia, known as the Golden Wattle, can be naturally seen in the southern Eyre Peninsula, western Victoria, and southern inland areas in New South Wales.
September 1 is officially declared as National Wattle Day.
Due to the fact that Australia had become isolated from the rest of the world for thousands of years, plants, both flora and fauna have been able to develop without help to go well with the varied and harsh conditions of the country. Hence, Australia's plants are the most diverse and assorted in the world, growing in different types of habitat. You have tropical climate, stony inland deserts, alpine meadows, rain-forest and sandy heath lands. The wattle, which is featured in Australia's coat-of-arms, is the most famous among Australia's plants. There are actually real Flowers Art Stream - more than six hundred types of wattles, growing in almost any part of the country; it is the first plant that appears after a bush-fire. Australia National Flower - Golden Wattle
The Golden Wattle
The national flower of Australia comes in a range of colors. The Golden Wattle flowers come in cream, pale yellow and even deep orange colors.
They are usually seen in a clump, and they have pom-pom heads with long or short stalks, or even in spikes.
Growing Golden Wattle
Although Australian plants are widely known, the growing of the wattle is not as extensive.
It is grown from seed that has a very tough coat, which has to be treated before planting.
For starters, put the seeds on a dish and pour boiling water, leave them overnight, so the water can enter the seed.
Using boiling water simulates the heat from a bush-fire, which is how wattles start out.
After treating the seeds overnight, plant them in a pot with fifty-fifty sand and peat moss. Water the pot, and cover with plastic, for a glasshouse effect.
Once seeds have developed, take off the plastic and resume watering.
Although a fertilizer can be used, be extra careful, because some wattles are sensitive.
Sunlight is also a must, but in moderation.