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Wattle Day Sept.1stWattles are blooming in Underbool now (September 2020)Wattles are blooming in Underbool now (September 2020)

The Mallee is splashed with the gold of wattle blooms now.

Australia's national floral emblem is the golden wattle (Acacia pycnantha Benth.).

Now in flower, the golden wattle displays the national colours, green and gold.

The first day of September is National Wattle Day. It builds on a long unofficial tradition of wearing the wattle blossom on 1 September. The day was introduced in 1913 by an association called the Wattle Day League and formally recognised on 23 June 1992.

Since 1992 National Wattle Day has been 1 September in all of Australia's States and Territories.

As one species of a large genus of flora growing across Australia, the golden wattle is a symbol of unity. Wattle is ideally suited to withstand Australia's droughts, winds and bushfires. The resilience of wattle represents the spirit of the Australian people.

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