Fragrant wattle can seed readily

We have recently spotted a flowering wattle in the Canadian Regional Park which we had not noticed before. Since the first discovery we have found several more of them.

BLOOM: This flowering wattle is able to establish itself in new areas.

BLOOM: This flowering wattle is able to establish itself in new areas.

D. & O. B, Mt Clear

Your wattle is the wirilda, Acacia provincialis.

This local form is blue-green and its fragrant flowers appear in November and December.

Most of its natural distribution in the Ballarat area is around rivers and streams, although there are likely wild populations at Gong Gong and Mt Rowan.

It is now widely planted and it seeds readily, sometimes establishing itself in places at which it was not previously known. 

It is not common around Canadian. It may have been self introduced there from seed from garden specimens.

  • Questions and photos are welcome. Send to Roger Thomas at The Courier, PO Box 21, Ballarat, 3353, or email to rthomas@vic.australis.com.au