Another unusual wildflower from Fitzgerald River National Park, Western Australia

@JudyEv (121547)
Bunbury, Australia
January 13, 2018 5:56pm CST
Recently we saw a large number of flowering wildflowers in the Fitzgerald River National Park in south-east Western Australia. The region is quite famous for the Qualup bell but unfortunately we didn’t see any of these on this occasion so I don’t have a photo of a real one. The photo shows one my mother painted on to a piece of china. The taxonomic name is Pimelea physodes and the shrub grows up to a metre tall. The flower heads droop with large cream petals, streaked with red. It occurs naturally in the coastal areas between Albany and Esperance and is notoriously hard to cultivate in domestic gardens.
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@Kandae11 (35967)
14 Jan
In the coastal areas the soil would be a bit more damp I suppose. Could that be the reason why they are hard to cultivate in domestic gardens?
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
Apparently they don't like any humidity. They grow on stony, gravelly ground so perhaps most gardens are too 'cultivated' for them. I know many native plants con't like to be disturbed by digging around them or whatever.
• Philippines
14 Jan
That's just a nice china you got there. oh well I bet they are nice plate @JudyEv
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
Mum has done some lovely china painting. I'm really pleased to have quite a few of the pieces she did.
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@LeaPea2417 (19874)
• Toccoa, Georgia
24 Jan
@JudyEv That is a pretty pitcher.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Jan
@LeaPea2417 Thanks. I love the autumn tones of the leaves.
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@vandana7 (63833)
• India
14 Jan
My...your mother was a good painter! Do you also paint?
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
I'm not a bad house-painter but that's about it I'm afraid.
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• United States
14 Jan
@JudyEv I guess it just doesn't want to be a tame garden flower, it just wants to be free.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
A lot of the native plants don't like a lot of fuss made of them. They don't like their roots disturbed by digging or whatever.
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• United States
14 Jan
@JudyEv I thought that might be it.
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@Juliaacv (29682)
• Canada
14 Jan
Its a pretty looking flower, it reminds me of an inverted tulip. Are they fragrant at all?
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
They are quite rare really and I haven't seen too many. I can't remember if they have a perfume or not.
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@Fishmomma (11504)
• United States
14 Jan
The plate is beautiful. I enjoy looking at flowers and sorry to hear you didn't see the flower this time.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
I've only seen them once or twice. They are relatively rare.
@GardenGerty (98217)
• United States
14 Jan
Your mother seems to be talented. I really enjoy seeing the flowers that other people have.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
I like going through the gardens of my friends. One couple of five acres and it's almost all garden.
@TRBRocks420 (75832)
• Banks, Oregon
14 Jan
Your mom was very talented.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
She did some lovely pieces over the years.
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@shaggin (36676)
• United States
14 Jan
It’s odd how some plants grow to naturally droop. Mine just do that because I kill them
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
My heart sinks every time I've given a pot plant as I know I'm never going to be able to keep it alive.
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@JustBhem (32950)
• Davao, Philippines
14 Jan
Your Mother is a great painter. I thought it came with the china.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
She did quite a bit of china painting over the years and I'm lucky enough to have quite a bit of it.
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@JustBhem (32950)
• Davao, Philippines
14 Jan
@JudyEv Wow. Is she a professional painter for that matter?
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
@JustBhem No, it was just a hobby for her.
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@Gillygirl (17276)
• Sutton, England
14 Jan
Such a pretty flower Judy. Your mum was very talented.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
She loved her china painting. I'm lucky to have been given some lovely pieces.
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@Gillygirl (17276)
• Sutton, England
14 Jan
@JudyEv Did you inherit her talent Judy?
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
@Gillygirl No but I can paint walls quite nicely.
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@silvermist (20107)
• India
14 Jan
Your mother was a very talented painter.Both the painting of the flower and the china painting are beautiful.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
Thank you. She really enjoyed painting on china.
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@silvermist (20107)
• India
17 Jan
@kepweng (13513)
15 Jan
that plate can be Presents as Gifts in special occasion
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
It would make a lovely gift. I have already given some to friends.
@youless (91111)
• Guangzhou, China
15 Jan
Wow! That's must be so beautiful. It sounds it is a nice moment to travel there
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
It is very pretty country but quite rugged.
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@hostessman (9239)
• Tucson, Arizona
15 Jan
looks very pretty, i love flowers and i have them around my yard
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
My Mum was a great gardener but I'm pretty hopeless.
@Butchcass4 (6015)
• United States
14 Jan
Thanks for sharing about that beautiful flower. I am so longing for Spring here in Northeastern PA in the United States. We have ice on the ground with snow covering it right now and its 19 degrees. The sun has been shinning today but it was only 25 degrees at its warmest. I do not like winter, well I think the snow is beautiful on the trees and stuff but I won't go out in it unless I have to. Shame, when I was a kid I lived outside when the snow came. I'm so different now. I'm a home body and my husband is definitely an out doors person. If the sun is shinning he's usually out and about otherwise he's on the couch sleeping, eating and watching tv lol!
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
It's good that the sun shines then and gets your husband outside!
@Madshadi (8937)
• Brussels, Belgium
14 Jan
Too bad you didn’t see any. Maybe they don’t bloom at this time of year?
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
I don't think there are ever dozens of them so you have to be really lucky to see them.
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@yanzalong (10151)
• Indonesia
14 Jan
That new type of flower for me. It's great if we have a photo of it.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
Our Australian wildflowers are very different to many 'ordinary' garden flowers. Here is one called a kangaroo paw.
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@JohnRoberts (54566)
• Los Angeles, California
14 Jan
Nicely done paint job on the plate.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
Mum did some really good work when she was china-painting. I have quite a few of her pieces.
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@sallypup (26679)
• Moses Lake, Washington
14 Jan
Your Mother had quite the talent. That's a sweet heritage piece.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
I'm really pleased to have quite a few of the items she painted.