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Products > Grevillea lanigera 'Coastal Gem'
Grevillea lanigera 'Coastal Gem' - 2001 UCSC Introduction
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Proteaceae (Proteas)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink & White
Bloomtime: Year-round
Height: 1 foot
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Grevillea lanigera 'Coastal Gem' (Low Growing Woolly Grevillea) - A low-spreading shrub that grows to 1 foot tall by 4-5 feet across with crowded narrow grayish-green leaves on flat to slightly arching stems. The tight clusters of pinkish-red and cream, spidery flowers are abundantly produced at the ends of branchlets from winter to late spring.

Plant in full sun to light shade, best in neutral to slightly acidic well-draining soil or on a slope. Hardy to moderate frosts and the species has survived cold winter nights with short duration temperatures down to 18-20 F. An excellent plant for a rock garden, border or groundcover and is great for attracting nectar feeding birds.

The species of this cultivar, Grevillea lanigera, has a wide distribution from the northern tablelands north of Sydney in New South Wales south to Wilson's Promontory in Victoria. The genus is named after Charles Francis Greville (1749-1809), co-founder of London Horticultural Society. The specific epithet "lanigera" comes from the Latin word 'lana' (wool) and 'gerus' (bearing) referring to woolly leaves.

Grevillea lanigera 'Coastal Gem' is an attractive and very popular plant that was a University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum Koala Blooms Australian Plant Introduction in 2001, the first year of this program. For more information on this program see our Koala Blooms Page and for more information on this species see our listing for Grevillea lanigera

This information about Grevillea lanigera 'Coastal Gem' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.