Kings Park and Botanic Garden celebrates the unique and diverse plant life of WA, and is part of the worldwide network of botanic gardens committed to plant conservation.
WA contains some of the world's most nutrient-poor soils, has a prolonged-summer period and the vegetation is extremely fire-prone. Find out about the diverse range of species and the array of survival adaptations that have evolved in these harsh conditions.
We have some of the toughest and most spiny vegetation in the world, the greatest number of species that store their seeds in woody fruits, and the most specialised means of obtaining limited soil nutrients and water. Many Western Australian plant species have adaptations to survive in a fire prone environment. Examples include using the heat of fires to release their seeds, germination stimulated by smoke, regrowth of trees from epicormic buds and lignotubers.
Find out more about our bizarre botanicals and their amazing adaptations from the library of resources below.
Meet the scientist
Join Russell Miller, a research scientist with Kings Park, as he presents his research on fire regime effects on Banksia wood land plant populations.
Visit the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions website to learn even more about fire science here in Western Australia.
Join Dr Belinda Davis, taking a closer look at WA's wonderful native orchids.
Did you know WA has several species of carnivorous plants? Meet Laura Skates, one of our PhD students, who is following in Charles Darwin's footsteps and learning more about them.
Self-guided walks and trails
Conservation Garden Tour
You can use WA Botanic Garden map to help you navigate to Conservation Garden.
Visit our collection of notes on some of the amazing plants found in Western Australia.
These Western Australian native plant notes are kindly provided by the Kings Park Volunteer Master Gardeners and are particularly relevant to the Perth community and their gardening needs.
You may also want to check out Plants in focus section, featuring our top picks for each month.
ClimateWatch is an Australian program that aims to monitor and collect phenology data during seasonal events that will help scientists understand the effects of climate change.
Being a ClimateWatcher is simple. Visit the ClimateWatch Australia - Citizen Science App, then observe and record plant and animal information at school. Or look for a ClimateWatch trail in your area. The information collected will be used by scientists, policy makers and land managers to understand climate change and take appropriate measures.
We would love to hear from you and your class. Share your photos and findings with us via social media using the hashtag #STEMActionInKingsPark.