Flower of the Day – October 17 – Wild Iris (Patersonia occidentalis)

So this week i’m dedicating my FOTD to Australian Natives. 🙂

Day 4.  Wild Iris – Patersonia

Also known as the Purple Flag or Long Purple Flag. Or it has the Noongar local indigenous language name of Komma.

They can grow over a metre tall (to around 5 ft) producing a single flower per stem. They grow in a wide variety of soil types including in granite outcrops. I found this one on a sandbank by a wetland area.

You need to look VERY closely at the last photo to see the hole picture.

(Click on the pic to open in a new window and click again to see full detail) 🙂lovewillbringustogether - Wild Iris1I love the little white heart! ❤

lovewillbringustogether - Wild Iris2

Footnote: Shortly after i took this photo I saw a solitary duck scurrying along the water’s edge and went to take a photo of him while my lens was still in ‘zoom’ mode from the flower shot. He was moving a little to quickly to focus on so i held my camera and adjusted for a wider field of view. As i was doing so the bird darted off the edge of the water, ran up to this flower and bit the head off! Then carried on scurrying away from me along the bank. Given the bite taken from the second flower by the little visitor on that flower they appear to be both quite beautiful and very delicious! 🙂

link to:

Cee’s Flower of the Day – October 17, 2018 – Oriental Poppy




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