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Grevillea lavandulacea 'Billywing'

Common Name:

Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Family:
Proteaceae (The Protea Family)
Geographic Origin:
Australia
California Native?:
No
Plant Size:
2-3 feet high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Spring
Flower Color:
Red
Exposure:
Full sun
Soils:
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Occasional to little watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 15-20 degrees F.
One of the gems of the grevillea group, forming a dense mound of narrow, fuzzy grey leaves. The plant is nearly covered in winter and early spring by clusters of bright, nearly maraschino-cherry-red blossoms. It is one of the fussier of the grevilleas about soil drainage but fairly hardy, taking sudden bouts of 18 degrees F or less when established. Sun, well drained soil (usually the poorer, the better), and occasional to no supplemental watering when established. Many grevilleas are sensitive to phosphorus; never use high-phosphate fertilizers and, in general, feed them sparingly if at all.