Australia’s First Nations People have used many species of wattle over tens of thousands of years as a plant of significant cultural, medicinal and food use.

The first “National Wattle Day” was celebrated in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide on 1 September 1910 and over the years wattle gradually became recognised as a national floral emblem.

Wattle is celebrated for its diversity and resilience and, in addition to use by Australia’s First Nations People, it also has many contemporary applications including in perfumery, floristry and carpentry.

It's a unifying symbol for all Australians, derived from the land.

Given its deeply symbolic role in our national history, and having graced Australia’s coat of arms since 1913, you might even call it our original “power flower”. And having regard to its significant medicinal and food properties as well its contemporary bounty, the term “flower power” might be equally appropriate.


Wattle welcomes the spring. To celebrate this national day and the arrival of this wonderful new season we’ve curated a Spring Edit that draws on wattle’s symbolic values of renewal, resilience and optimism.