7 Best Australian Native Flowers for Drying

There are so many stunning Australian native flowers that surround us. From bottlebrushes to kangaroo paw and everything in between. Our beautiful country is overflowing with native plants and flowers. 

Native flowers are known for their rich, earthy colours and unique stems. We are so fortunate to have an array of natives at our doorstep. We love incorporating native flowers into our dried flower arrangements and bouquets as they not only look stunning but represent a little part of Australia in people's homes.  

Our favourite Australian native flowers are banksias, they are so stunning and look great in our arrangements or even in a vase on their own. Here are our favourite 7 Australian Native Flowers you can dry.

1. Banksia (Banksias)

Banksias are such unique and stunning flowers. They come in various types and colours with each variety looking completely different to the previous. There are around 170 species of banksias. They also grow in shrubs or trees that can be up to 30 metres tall. 

2. Eucalyptus (Gum or Eucalypts)

Eucalyptus (part of the Myrtle family) is the quintessential Australian native tree. They are often known as gum or eucalypts and are easily adaptable if growing yourself. They are known to grow in very different areas from where they're native. 

3. Bottlebrush (Callistemon)

Callistemon are commonly known as bottlebrush due to their brush like flowers and cylindrical shape. They are a low-maintenance plant that thrives in the more temperate regions, especially along Australia's east cost. The distinctive vivid red flowers bloom in spring and summer. 

4. Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos)

An iconic Australian native plant, the kangaroo paw. It is known for adding texture and sculptural interest to an Australian native garden. The woolly, tubular flowers come in an array of vibrant colours - red, green, orange, yellow, pink and white.

5. Cycad (Macrozamia)

With dark green palm-like leaves which grow up to one to two metres, these slow-growing plants are quite unique but get commonly mistaken for palms or ferns. They are seed plants with a long history and were previously known as being more diverse than they are today.

6. Wattle (Acacia)

A fast-growing tree, wattle produces fragrant yellow flower balls from a young age. There are over 960 wattle species flower throughout winter, the national golden wattle, flowers at the beginning of September, signalling the start of spring. Acacia Pycnantha is native to Victoria and South Australia and is known for its large yellow balls of flowers, and curved, thin green leaves.

7. Everlasting daisies (Xerochrysum Bracteatum or Strawflower)

Also known as paper daisies, these flowers bloom in late spring to early autumn. A very low-maintenance native flower, the colours range from white and pink to deep red, yellow-orange, blue and mauve. 

Drying your own flowers at home is quite simple and a bit of an achievement when you create a dried flower bouquet using your own blooms that have spent a couple of weeks drying out in your home.

If you have read your blog on how to dry flowers, then you'll know exactly what to do once you've selected your favourite Australian Natives to dry.

Materials

  • A bunch or few stems of your favourite native flowers
  • Scissors
  • String or Twine

The Process

If you're using flowers that are part of a ready-made bouquet, pull out each flower and seperate them. If these flowers have been in water, ensure you cut the bottom of the stems off that have been submerged in water. Strip the leaves off the bottom of the flower stems so they are niche and clean. 

Tie string or twine around the ends of the flower stems, leaving the string quite long for when you hang them upside down (you can bunch the same flowers together and variants in other bunches). 

Use the ends of the string and hang the flowers/foliage bunches upside down in a dark cupboard, if there are no hooks or rails, you can use a coat hanger. Ensure when you are tying each bunch that you leave 3-5 inches between each bunch. Continue this process for each of your blooms, be careful to not let the flowers touch each other as it could effect the air-drying process.

Once the flowers are hung upside down in a dark, dry area of your home, leave them to dry for 2-3 weeks. Thicker flowers are known for taking longer to dry, whilst flowers that are quite thin can be dried in as short as a week. The waiting period is the hard part but don't take them out too soon as they may not be completely dried out yet. We promise it's worth the wait! 

Arrange Your Flowers

After you've patiently waited two to three weeks, it's time to cut your flowers down from their rail. Be sure to remove all of the string/twine during the process. You can bunch your flowers together and hang them upside down in your bathroom for a unique look, place them in a vase, place single stems in little vases, there are so many ways to style your dried flowers. Any way you choose to style or use these flowers will be great as you get to enjoy them for quite some time (unlike fresh flowers).

After Care

Caring for dried flowers is super easy as they are very low maintenance. Simply keep them out of direct sunlight and humidity. Don't have them in the wind and don't water them, ever.

If they gather dust, simply use a hairdryer on cool and low from a distance, or use a light feather duster.

We'd love to see some photos of your own dried Australian native flowers!