There are many species of Boronia found all over Australia. This post refers primarily to:
Boronia serrulata (commonly called the Native Rose) found around Sydney, NSW;
Boronia megastigma (commonly called the Brown Boronia) found in SE WA; and,
Boronia gunnii (commonly called the River Boronia) found in NW Tas.
General Information & Description:
Boronias are famous for their beautiful perfume. The Brown Boronia particularly, is used for it’s aromatic oil, & producers on Bruny Island in Tas have began successfully producing it, primarily as a flavouring. Click on the photo above for information regarding the Brown Boronia.
The Native Roses are most aromatic when their leaves are crushed. However, this species is now listed as threatened and can not be harvested in the wild.
The River Boronia of Tas is listed as vulnerable. It can not be harvested from the wild.
Other names: see above.
Where: Boronias are found all over Australia. There are between 90 & 100 species.
Planetary Correspondence: Venusian ♀
Pretty, perfumed, flowering in Spring. It’s not surprising that Boronia serrulata is called the Native Rose. The species are quite varied and some, like the Native rose have rather formidable leaves. Further reminiscent of the Rose. As such they are the perfect native alternative to rose and, even scents like bergamot, and other citrus. In fact, it belongs to the Rutaceae family, along with citrus.
You can purchase the essential oil produced in Australia from various online retailers.