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Grevillea lavandulacea

Lavender Grevillea
Proteaceae
Evergreen

GREVILLEA

This plant group generally has fine-textured foliage and long, slender, curved flowers, usually borne in dense clusters. Many cannot tolerate salt-laden soils, poor water quality, heavy summer irrigation, or heavy frost, but all are attractive enough to warrant some risk taking. Like other members of the protea family, they are sensitive to high levels of phosphorus in the soil. Fertilize lightly and avoid high-phosphorus fertilizers.

Grevillea lavandulacea

Variable, but all forms are dense growers with half-inch-long gray leaves. ‘Billywing’, to 2 1/2 ft. high and 6 ft. wide, has red-and-cream flowers in winter and spring. ‘Penola’, to 5 ft. tall and 8 ft. wide (or larger), bears deep rose red blossoms fall through spring. ‘Tanunda’ is 1 1/2–3 ft. high and 3–6 ft. wide, with profuse coral-pink flowers; the main show comes in winter, with occasional repeat bloom in midsummer.

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