A gorgeous A to Z exploration of some of Australia's most unique and incredible native plants. Did you know that there are plants that eat insects? Plants whose seeds spread in poo? Plants that move when you touch them? And plants that grow on other plants? Plantastic! presents 26 of Australia's most unique and incredible native plants. Discover and identify native plants found in your local park, bushland, or even in your very own backyard. With its perfect balance of fun facts, activities, adventurous ideas and gorgeous illustrations, Plantastic! will prove just how fantastic Australia's native plants really are!
Australia’s amazing native plants
How to use this book
A – Acacia
B – Banksia
C – Christmas Bush
D – Drosera
E – Emu Bush
F – Fan Palm
G – Gum Tree
H – Hibiscus
I – Indigo
J – Jasmine (Native)
K – Kangaroo Paw
L – Lilly Pilly
M – Mistletoe
N – Noon-flower
O – Orchid
P – Pussy Tail
Q – Quandong
R – Rice Flower
S – Stylidium
T – Tree Fern
U – Utricularia
V – Violet (Shrub)
W – Wollemi Pine
X – Xanthorrhoea
Y – Yam Daisy
Z – Zieria
Map/Where to find the plants
Catherine Clowes is a botanist and a teacher with a passion for Australian native plants. She works as a field botanist, is completing a PhD in botany and loves teaching students about the wonders of the plant world. Catherine wrote this book for her two kids, and she is excited to be able to share it with other young explorers too!
Rachel Gyan is an illustrator passionate about artful storytelling. Her heart-warming characters are empowered by whimsy, texture and vibrant colour palettes. Rachel enjoys studying Australian flora and wildlife, drawing inspiration from her surroundings to capture the beautiful and sometimes quirky nature of Australia in her work.
"Welcoming, encouraging and inspiring, Plantastic! is a book for all. Kids, adults, families, classrooms, this is a book to devour with friends and beautiful inspiration for outdoor adventures in the stunning wilds of Australia."
– Kids Book Review, 20 February 2021
"With its clean, pared-back design aesthetic and textural images of each plant, including close-ups of their flowers and leaves, along with the creatures that interact with them, this is an engaging introduction to Australian flora."
– Dr Stephanie Owen Reeder, Canberra Times, 20 February 2021
"This is a must-have for any library collection and study that has the protection of our habitat at its heart."
– The Bottom Shelf blog, 20 March 2021
"Plantastic!: A-Z of Australian Plants is the perfect reference book for all ages, and enjoyable for kinder to primary school aged kids."
– Sophie Scott (age 12) and Cooper Scott (age 11), Growing Australian #256, June 2021
"This is a beautiful book for any bookshelf but is an especially lovely addition to the Australian kids' wildlife genre."
– Gill and Abbie Brown, Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, June 2021
"The vibrant illustrations of plants, insects and birds are particularly beautiful."
– Grass Roots #264, April-May 2021
"Tap[s] into children's natural affinity for the wild, and encourage[s] deeper exploration."
– Simon Webster, Organic Gardener. September 2021