The Floral Emblem Of Northern Territory, Australia
If you would read my posts in the past few weeks, you will find out about the different floral emblems of the states in Australia. Today, I will introduce to you the floral emblem of the Northern Territory.
Last, July 12, 1961, Sturt’s Desert Rose was proclaimed as the flower emblem of the Nothern Territory. An Australian explorer Captain Charles Sturt was the first one who collected the flower. Thus, the name of the flower was given after his name. This belongs to the hisbiscus family, specifically the Malvaceae. It has lots of names like Darling River Rose, Cotton Rosebush and Australian Cotton. It forms a compact shrub. It can grow from one to two metres high. Its leaves have green color and an oval shape. At the base of the flower, you will see a red mark. It has a character of cotton family because its fruit is in capsule-shaped and contains small seed wrapped in short hair.
It is best to be grown in stony or rocky areas. In fact, it would grow in sloping ground and dry creek beds. It is a residence in Alice Spring. But it can also be found in other areas of Australia like in Queensland, New South Wales, and South Australia.
- It has a lifespan of 10 years.
- It does not rely on rain or daily watering because it has its internal water storage.
- Their roots can go deeper until they can reach the water source.
- They more chances of living.
- You should not eat it or the animals because it produces gossypol which is really toxic.
Growing Sturt’s Desert Rose in your garden
It is just easy to plant Sturt’s Desert Rose. In fact, you can choose to propagate it through cutting or seedling. You will have more chances of being successful once you grow this if you are living in tropical areas. Thus, it can give you beautiful flowers which are great additional for your garden. It can live even in drought. It can give you flowers all throughout the year. When growing this, there should be a free air circulation around the plants so that it won’t have any fungal diseases. It is difficult to maintain during frost season. Pruning should also be done constantly. The flag of Northern Territory has the Sturt’s Desert Rose with a total of 7 petals. I’ve never been to Northern Territory, but if ever I will go there, this is one thing that I want to see.