Common Heath flower spikes have been putting on a good show over the last couple of weeks. We have white Common Heath flowers on our property, but there are both pink and red varietals too.   When left alone by the Swamp Wallabies, the plants have grown somewhere between 30 cm and 60 cm high here, although I have seen them taller on other properties.

Plants which have many flowers blooming at once seem to be  sending out a message to the Wallabies to ‘come and eat me!’ which is a pity.  I’ve seen many blunt tops on flower spikes, so they must be tasty.

According to my field guide, Common Heath can flower from May to November.  Last year we had a pink flowering Heath blooming later in the season – this was probably Common Heath as well.  I will post images of this when it comes into flower.  For now, enjoy the white Common Heath flowers.

Common Heath Flowers
The flowers progressively open from the bottom of the stem. This flower spike has unopened buds at the top.
Common Heath Plant
This photograph shows the long pointed leaves and flower spikes, which are quite blunt at the top, indicating that in a previous season they may have been fodder for Wallabies.
Common Heath Flower
The flowers are tubular in shape, comprising 5 lobes with a stamen attached to each lobe.