Bloomin' Dowerin - A guide to Wildflowers
Pink, white and yellow everlastings are common in reserves throughout Dowerin in late August through to October. Many species of orchids including Donkey, Bunny, Blue and Pink Fairies, Clown, Leek and Spider can been found in the Tin Dog Creek and Minnivale Reserves during winter and spring. The yellow and white varieties of Verticordia, red-flowered Eremophila maculata and the purple-flowered Calytrix can be found at the Minnivale Reserve.
Many flowering species of Wattle (Acacia), Melaleuca, Hakea and Grevillea are also common throughout the Shire. The Pink Pin-Cushion Hakea, and Grevillea petrophiloides or Pink Pokers and white-flowered Grevillea biformis, can be seen on many road verges throughout Dowerin but especially on roads leading to Amery and Minnivale. The Native Foxglove can be seen on the Kalannie-Dowerin Rd and the orange-flowered Banksia prionotes can been seen in woodland populations around the Ucarty area.
The striking Blue Dampiera, named after William Dampier who landed on the west coast of Australia in 1699 is common on roadsides and Reserves throughout Dowerin.The Eucalyptus pyriformis, otherwise known as the Dowerin Rose or Pear-fruited Mallee and is seen in dense populations throughout the Tin Dog Creek Reserve. It is a smooth grey barked mallee which blooms a beautiful red flower in early spring.
The rare Sandpaper Wattle can be seen at the Dowerin Rare Flora Garden in the Town Centre (next to the public toilets), as well as Daviesia euphorbioides or Wongan Cactus, Microcorys eremophiloides or Wongan Microcorys and Wongan conostylis.
Most flowers can be observed between July and October. Hot spots include the Tin Dog Creek Reserve, Namelcatchem Reserve and Minnivale Reserve.