There are yellow flowers everywhere at this time of year. Here’s three that you’ll see:
Lanceleaf Tickseed – Coreopsis lanceolate
These are the golden flanks that line the Tin Can Bay Road every year. Unfortunately, they are not native to Australia but have adapted well as they are drought tolerant, long-blooming and happy to grow in poor, sandy or rocky soil.
Their widespread coverage has most likely been aided with seed dispersal along the roadside by mowing activities, wind, water, and whatever eats them.
They are part of the sunflower family and this would explain their visual beauty when out in bloom.
Yellow Paper Daisy
Yellow Paper Daisy – Xerochrysum bracteatum
A common daisy native to Australia also known as Sticky Everlasting, Shiny Everlasting, or Golden Everlasting. Grows in most soils that are well drained, will resist frost and drought areas, and will grow in humid conditions.
It prefers full sun exposure, but will be short lived in shade. It flowers during spring and summer and may extend into autumn forming large clusters of flower heads.
The flower heads are insect pollinated and will provide food for native butterflies and larvae.
Dandelion – Taraxacum officinale
Native to Europe and Asia but now naturalized throughout North America, southern Africa, South America, New Zealand, Australia, and India and is a common coloniser of disturbed habitats, both from wind blown seeds and seed germination from the seed bank.
Although an exotic species, the dandelion can be used from the root to flower.
They’re often found in herbal teas and supplements and used as a natural remedy to support blood sugar management and boost skin, liver, and heart health.