Alice Springs FloraAnnual Yellowtop Fork-leaf Corkwood Ghost Gum Native Bluebell Rat’s Tail Striped Mintbush Sturt’s Desert Pea Weeping Bottlebrush

Whilst the surrounding Central Australia is home to a wonderful display of endemic plants, at the heart is Alice Springs where visitors can get the chance to see up close some of the amazing flora.

Sturt's Desert Rose (Gossypium sturtianum var. sturtianum)
Sturt’s Desert Rose (Gossypium sturtianum var. sturtianum), Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Alice Springs NT

Whilst there are a great display of flora in the Olive Pink Botanic Garden and Alice Springs Desert Park, just a walk around town will give you opportunities to see some of the plants that grow here, including some amazing trees and shrubs, from the River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) along the Todd River, the glorious Ghost Gum (Corymbia aparrerinja) along some of the Alice Springs streets, Weeping Bottlebrush (Callistemon viminalis) in the garden of the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, Sturt’s Desert Rose (Gossypium sturtianum) all around town and on Untyeyetwelye (Anzac Hill), and the genus Senna (previously known as Cassias) in plantings and growing wild around some of the hills and ranges.

There are of course some of our smaller flowering plants including Sturt Desert Peas (Swainsona formosa), Fairy Grass (Sporobolus caroli), Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum), Native Bluebell (Wahlenbergia capillaris) and Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus) to name just a few.

The beautiful white trunk of the Ghost gum / Ilwempe (Corymbia aparrerinja) can be seen in plantings around Alice Springs, with the following one in the Olive Pink Botanic Garden

Ghost gum / Ilwempe (Corymbia aparrerinja), Olive Pink Botanic Garden
Ghost gum / Ilwempe (Corymbia aparrerinja), Olive Pink Botanic Garden

Some great plantings of the rare Acacia peuce, commonly known as the Waddy-wood, in both the Olive Pink Botanic Garden and Alice Springs Desert Park.

Waddy-wood (Acacia peuce), Alice Springs Desert Park
Waddy-wood (Acacia peuce), Alice Springs Desert Park

Alice Springs FloraAnnual Yellowtop Fork-leaf Corkwood Ghost Gum Native Bluebell Rat’s Tail Striped Mintbush Sturt’s Desert Pea Weeping Bottlebrush