Herb: Waratah

Latin name: Telopea speciosissima

Family: Proteaceae

Edible parts of Waratah:

The flowers produce copious amounts of nectar, this can be sipped directly or used to make a sweet beverage.

Description of the plant:


3 m
(9 3/4 foot)


Habitat of the herb:

Dry sclerophyll forests and sandstone soils.

Other uses of Waratah:

The stems are used in basket making.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow spring in a warm greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.

Cultivation of Waratah:

Dry sclerophyll forests and sandstone soils.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Telopea speciosissima:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.