Crimson Fox Tail
Olive Pink Botanic Garden
Located in the heart of Australia in Alice Springs, the Olive Pink Botanic Garden offers the visitor a great place to view the native flora, set against the back drop of the hills and ranges. Founded in 1956 as the Australian arid regions flora reserve, the garden was established by the extraordinary Miss Olive Muriel Pink (1884-1975).
The garden is a living breathing thing, responding to climatic changes such as rainfall that often brings on the appearance of flowers and through the changes in temperature brought on by the cycle of the seasons.
Visitors to the garden will see some examples of a group of plants known commonly as Mulla Muulas, Foxtails and Pussytails. These plants can be seen growing throughout Australia, with some species found only in certain areas.
The Crimson Foxtail (Ptilotus sessilifolius) was once known as P. atriplicifolius. The flower spikes are hemispherical or globular about 3 cm in diameter. The tepals are silvery with purple to pink tips and long grey and white hairs. The leaves are obovate, pale grey-green.