Grevillea 'Magic Lantern' - An evergreen low growing shrub to 2 to 3 feet all by up to 6 to 10 feet wide dissected gray leaves and coral-red flowers that are striking against the gray feathery foliage - a strong bloomer in the fall, winter, and early spring.
Plant in full sun and water occasionally to infrequently. Will tolerate some alkalinity but requires a well-drained soil. Hardy to 28 degrees F. This Grevillea flowers on older wood so avoid cutting back in summer months.
Grevillea 'Magic Lantern' was long thought to be a selection of Grevillea thelemanniana ssp. hirtella and has also known as Grevillea 'Gilded Dragon' but most recent treatment has determined that this plant is Grevillea preissii ssp. glabrilimba, a plant native to a restricted area near coastal Cervantes in Western Australia where it grows in shallow calcareous sand. The climate there is hot and dry in the summer and cool and moist in winter with an average rainfall of 18 inches, much like coastal California.
The genus name Grevillea honors Charles Francis Greville (1749-1809), a patron of botany, a very close friend of Sir Joseph Banks, and president of the Royal Society of London. We first received this plant from Luen Miller at Monterey Bay Nursery and have grown and sold it since 1998.
Information about Grevillea 'Magic Lantern' displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.