Growing Waratahs. If you're looking for a shrub that will thrive in partial shade with morning sun, you can't go wrong with Waratahs. The New South Wales Waratah Telopea speciosissima is a large, long-lived shrub or tree that generally grows to 3 m in height.
Likewise, people ask, where do Waratahs grow in Australia?
Waratah (Telopea) is an Australian-endemic genus of five species of large shrubs or small trees, native to the southeastern parts of Australia (New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania). The most well-known species in this genus is Telopea speciosissima, which has bright red flowers and is the NSW state emblem.
Similarly, why is the Waratah important to NSW?
Waratah plants resist destruction by bushfires, a natural element of their habitat, by regenerating from the rootstock. Flowering recommences two years after a moderate fire. The Waratah is a spectacular garden subject in suitable soil and climate; it flowers prolifically and tends to be long-lived.
What does the Waratah symbolize?
The sweet nectar of repentance. The Aboriginal people would sip the dew from the Waratah in the early morning, its invigorating essence believed to bring courage, especially when one is ill.
Where do Waratahs grow best?
As a rule, waratahs enjoy a sunny spot with morning sun under gum trees, as they are found in nature. Keep the root zone protected with sandstone rocks and gravel. Choose a sheltered spot away from strong winds, especially as winds can cause petal burn during flowering.