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Kings Park will be lavished in vibrant colours and earthy aromas at the weekend with the 2012 Wildflower Festival that showcases The Friends of Kings Park native plant sale.

With 18,700 plants from almost 360 species and cultivars on offer, the sale is an opportunity to buy native plants often not available from commercial nurseries.

The Friends of Kings Park founding president Tom Alford is part of the inspiration behind this event, which celebrates its 20th anniversary next year.

This season's Wildflower Festival features 10 ornamental eucalypts ideal for home gardens.

The 6m eucalyptus caesia, or silver princess, is expected to remain a crowd favourite with flowers ranging in colour from pink to red.

Making its debut is the new-release breed Alyogyne, or Blue Heeler, a native hibiscus acclaimed for its bold purple flowers that remain in bloom for many months in spring and summer. It grows to about 30cm, with a width of about 1m in cultivation.

The native plant sale is a three-day event at the Forrest carpark running from Saturday to Monday between 10am and 4pm.

With the plants for sale grown and raised by The Friends of Kings Park volunteers, money raised will go directly back into Kings Park and the surrounding community.

The West Australian

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