National Wattle Day - September 1
Nothing says 'Spring is here!' like the sight of blossoming wattle in Australia. Wattle Day is a day of celebration on the first day of September each year, when many Acacia species, well known for their mass of bright yellow flowers, are in flower. Not as common now, but people used to wear a sprig of the flowers and leaves to celebrate the day.
Although the national floral emblem of Australia is the golden wattle (Acacia pycnantha), any acacia can be worn to celebrate the day.
Did you know
- The Golden Wattle was incorporated as an accessory in the design of the Coat of Arms of Australia in 1912
- Sprigs of wattle were sent to our soldiers in the trenches to remind them of home
- The Wattle genus is home to over 1200 species of evergreen trees, shrubs and climbers.
- The Cootamundra Wattle is classed as a weed is most areas.
- It's bad luck to bring wattle into the house!
TreeProject volunteers grew 39 varieties of Acacia for our landholders & Landcare Groups last season, including silver wattle (Acacia dealbata), black wattle (Acacia mearnsii) and golden wattle (Acacia pycnantha)
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