In early winter Templetonia retusa flowers and sets the bush aflame with scarlet, hence the common name Cockies Tongues. This many branched shrub grows in coastal areas on limestone from Shark Bay southwards, to Esperance and into South Australia. 
In winter on the Mandurah train line going to Perth the red patches on Mt Eliza escarpment in Kings Park are Cockies Tongues flowers. I also see its splash of red in a bushland hillside near my house and Star Swamp Bushland Reserve. I didn’t know it grew on coastal dunes until I saw it planted by Coastcare groups. This revegetation returns Cockies Tongues to its natural range, where the sea winds stunt its growth to 1m or less. In sheltered spots it can grow to 4m. 
I planted Cockies Tongues in my garden, not knowing it can be difficult to grow. This June is the second year it’s flowered. Over summer many branches die back and I wonder if I’ve killed another plant (you can see leafless branches in the photo below). Then it flowers and lights up the winter view from my bedroom window. This was a delightful surprise a few weeks ago because I hadn’t noticed the buds.
Scientific name Templetonia retusa
Common name Cockies Tongues
Growth habit erect shrub
Cultivation easy to grow from seed after soaking in boiling water to soften the hard seed coat.  Once planted out may not survive. Cottesloe Coastcare is trying growing on seedlings for another season before planting out to improve survival rate.
Florabase record http://florabase.com/browse/profile/4256
fallen flowers in my garden
- Barrett & Tay (2005) Perth Plants Perth: BGPA
- Rippey & Rowland (1995) Plants of the Perth Coast and Islands Perth: UWA Press
- Wrigley & Fagg (1998) Australian Native Plants: Propagation, Cultivation and use in Landscaping (4th ed.) Sydney: Reed New Holland