Melaleuca thymifolia, known as the thyme honey-myrtle is a common Australian plant found in coastal areas, often in heathland, woodland and swampy edges. Growing on sandstone or clay based soils. A fragrant shrub around 1 metre high, with corky bark and slender wiry stems. This plant is often noticed in spring, with attractive violet or purple flowers with feathery claws
Upon arriving in Sydney, I encountered several references to the Flannel Flower (Actinotus helianthi) -- which apparently is seen as a symbol of the area. I encountered this specimen while hiking along the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the southeastern suburbs of Sydney.
Pacific Horticulture Society | Lush, Colorful, and Water-wise: An Impossible Dream?
Beauty, variety, color, shade, and water savings—all at the same time. It doesn’t get any better than this. One neighbor has already followed our lead and installed a smaller water-wise garden and several others promise to follow. We hope that our experience continues to encourage others to get on the water-wise bandwagon, as our western water supplies become more and more precious....