This year’s wildflower season has been one of the best thanks to a good wet season at the end of 2020 and into 2021.
Bryce Shannon from the Alice Springs Desert Park botany section said there was a variety of wildflowers predominantly in the sand country at the park.
“We’ve got Brachyscomes, Davenport daisies, salt spoon daisies, and a few other species that pop up through,” he said.
“The blue pincushions, or Brunonias, are rare due to the fact that they have a blue flower.
Mr Shannon said that the wildflowers had responded well to the recent climatic conditions.
“We’ve had self-germination, we’ve had seed scatter, and we’ve had minimal planting from the nursery,” he said.
“We’ve had good coverage. We’ve had a nice diversity of colour, getting right around sand country as well.”
Mr Shannon said it was important to harvest flower seeds for coming years.
Mr Shannon said he hoped it would rain next year and that the naturally-occurring seeds will grow.
“If that [rain] event doesn’t happen we’ll come through and do soil preparation with the seed scatter from the seeds we’ve collected from this season and the previous season or two,” he said.
“Some of the species like the salt spoon daisies and the blue pincushions, along with the Davenport daisy which we can’t get to germinate … we’ll get those growing in our nursery,” he said.