Grevillea Rosmarinifolia the “Rosemary Grevillea”
Popular, easy to grow and a naturally bushy shrub, Grevillea rosmarinifolia is named for the appearance of the foliage.
Flowers are variable from pink to red with cream flushes. The plant itself will reach around 1 -2 metres in height depending on conditions.
It is the spiky, rosemary like foliage that gives the plant its name. It is also one of the easiest to grow, this easy care plant has been grown in Europe since the 1800s.
Long flowering with the main flush being from winter through to spring, this is a very useful garden and landscaping plant. Grevillea rosmarinifolia nana is a dwarf form that will reach around .5 metre in height. Rosie dwarf is one such cultivar.
Use this a low hedge, screening plant or as a feature in the garden border. Its naturally spiky foliage makes it a safe haven for birds, the flowers provide nectar as well as colour for the garden.
Growing well in temperate climates, given a well drained soil and sunny position, Grevillea rosmarinifolia is trouble free.
A good layer of mulch will help to suppress weeds and maintain moist root run. Pruning after flowering in spring will maintain a dense bushy habit. Fertilise in spring with a low phosphorus native plant fertiliser.
Popular varieties include :
- ‘Scarlet sprite’
- ‘Crimson villea’
- ‘Rosy posy’
- ‘Desert Flame’