The Fryers Ridge forest is noted for the abundance and diversity of the flowering grasses, shrubs and herbs collectively known as the understorey that grow between the trees.
Wildflower season begins in late autumn and continues until early summer. Flowering times for various plants depend on the nature of the season. A warm, dry spring leads to short, early flowerings while a cool, wet spring slows things down. The lists below are a guide to some of the iconic plants that can be found in the Fryers Ridge area according to rough flowering times. Photos courtesy of Team Henderson and the Castlemaine Flora website. (Note: this website is an excellent resource for local plant identification with accurate botanical descriptions of each plant. Images used in this website are marked with a +)
Plants marked with an asterisk* are found only in the Fryers Ranges forest
MAY TO JULY
Most flowers disappear with the onset of summer heat, although Bluebells and Stork’s-Bills can still be found in January and even February, along with the Sticky Everlasting Daisies.