The Queen of Sheba Orchid consists of three regional sub species. They are distinguished mainly by flower color and distribution, but there is considerable variation on color in all three species. Pictured here is the Thelymitra pulcherrima (Northern Queen of Sheba), found north of Perth in sandy soils on the coastal plain and typically has three pinkish petals and three red-yellow sepals.
Lupines are herbaceous perennials whose large, pea-like flowers come in amazing colors and combinations. Grown in full to part sun, they do not tolerate heat or humidity well. Getting 2-3' tall, they bloom in early to midsummer. Deer resistant, easy to grow, they are used in beds, borders, containers, and slopes. Zones 4-8