As Australians we love to see the wattle bloom in February and March in France. But we were shocked to discover how few people here know that wattle is Australian. The locals call it mimosa, and a surprising number think it is native to the south of France. It has been adopted to such an extent that in Europe, from Spain to Russia, there is a well established tradition that wattle is given to women on International Womens Day. We think that is entirely charming and we are proud of how much our neighbours love and enjoy this beautiful Australian plant.
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