Western Australia is understandably famed for its annual display of wild flowers. The season roughly lasts from late June to November although there is considerable local variation. Flowering begins earlier in the north of the state and is hastened by early rains.
We were fortunate to have timed our travel through the ‘wildflower belt’ during the wildflower season. These flowers were photographed on the access road to the disputed Principality of Hutt River near Geraldton, WA. The succulents producing the purple flowers are parakeelyas and flourish in arid plains. These plants grow in dense masses over a large area and produce a carpet of pink or purple flowers from July to October. The yellow flower is from the plant ursinia anthemoides, commonly known as marigold in English. It is an alien species that was introduced from South Africa, where its name is bergmagriet (Afrikaans).