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Grevillea thelemanniana

Hummingbird Bush, Spider-Net Grevillea
Evergreen, Shrubs, Flowers


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 thelemanniana

Shrub. Graceful, open, rounded habit to 5–8 ft. tall and wide. Blue-green leaves are needlelike but soft to the touch. Clusters of bright red flowers tipped yellow can appear in any season. ‘Baby’ is a dwarf light-green-leafed selection 6–8 in. high and 3–4 ft. wide, useful for trailing over a wall or down a bank. ‘Magic Lantern’ (‘Gilded Dragon’) has feathery gray leaves, and grows to 2–3 ft. tall and 4–6 ft. wide. All forms can be temperamental in Northern California; they prefer the dry, warm winters of Southern California. Full sun or partial shade.

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