Croom Reserve in Albion Park is a special part of Illawarra, home to a host of woodland species that are no longer common in the region. Late winter or early spring is a perfect time to visit, because the wildflowers are out in enormous numbers.
On a recent trip down to the reserve, we saw dozens of beautiful plants in bloom. Here's just a small selection. For anyone in the area, I recommend getting down there and having a look for yourself!
|This is typical Illawarra lowland grassy woodland...|
as you can see, lots of grass and lots of woods!
|Classic colour combination of Purple Coral Pea|
(Hardenbergia violacea) and Gorse Bitter Pea
(Daviesia ulicifolia) growing naturally together
|A woodland fern - I think it is Bristly|
Cloak Fern (Cheilanthes distans)
|The stunning bright yellow and red flowers of Netted|
Shaggy Pea (Podolobium scandens), found at very
few places across the Illawarra region
|Another classic combination - Bridal Daisy-bush (Olearia|
microphylla) draped with Purple Coral Pea (Hardenbergia
violacea). Notice how many of these plants are pea plants?
|Not the best photo but one of my favourite|
plants, this is a Prickly Beard Heath
(Leucopogon juniperinus) growing happily
in part shade, decorated with Purple Coral Pea.
|This is the tiny but lovely flower of one of the Native|
Bluebells (Wahlenbergia) - I haven't confirmed which
species it is yet. They often flower prolifically in spring.
|Last but not least - the brilliant yellow flowers of the|
Heath Wattle (Acacia brownii). This little plant only
grows to around 50cm high and though prickly is a
gorgeous addition to gardens with sandy soils.
You can find out more about the plants growing at Croom Reserve by checking these pages on the Illawarra Remnant Bushland Database:
I hope you can get out and enjoy exploring somewhere interesting this weekend!