This brilliantly coloured Beaufortia squarrosa (Sand bottlebrush) has been flowering steadily now in the bush at home for at six months.

It’s growing in very dry, sandy soil and it receives no special care from me, even during the summer when temperatures are in the thirties and there has been no rain for three months.

A few weeks ago I thought the flowers were nearly over for the year and then I noticed more buds appearing. That was the beginning of its most prolific flowering so far this year! And there are still buds all over this sturdy little plant.


These grow here as indigenous natives, including in the Vasse area (Busselton WA) where Georgiana Molloy lived from 1839 until her death in 1843.