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The waratah (Telopea speciosissima) is a large spectacular flower and is the floral emblem of New South Wales. They grow extensively around where I live. If you have ever seen one it would most likely have been red.
The Aboriginal explanation for the red is that originally all waratahs were white until blood got spilt on one and from then on they were all red.
About 20 years ago, however, white ones were found in an isolated wild area not far from here. They now have a good number of white waratahs growing in the Mt Annan Native Botanic Gardens.
In the workshop is a photo of red and white ones growing next to one another at Mt Annan. It will give you an idea of their size.
This variety of waratah is difficult to grow in cultivation which is why they are not often seen in other countries.

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Additional Photos by Ian Fegent (ifege) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2154 W: 83 N: 6866] (30653)
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