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Products > Grevillea 'Austraflora Fanfare'
 
Grevillea 'Austraflora Fanfare'

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Proteaceae (Proteas)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Parentage: (G. gaudichaudii x G. longifolia)
Height: <1 foot
Width: 10-15 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Grevillea 'Austraflora Fanfare' - A low growing densely spreading evergreen groundcover shrub to under 1 foot tall by up to 15 feet wide. Its 7 inch long leaves, very coarsely cut in a saw tooth pattern, are a good foil to the brush-like clusters of dark red flowers that emerge from silky buds from later winter through late fall. Good in full sun to moderate shade. Plant in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to very little during summer - quite drought tolerant once established . Hardy and evergreen to 25F and root hardy and rebounding after temperatures down to around 20F. This plant is a great tough groundcover that can smoother weeds and is resistant to predation by deer, rabbits and even gophers but is attractive to hummingbirds, pollinators and beneficial insects. Flowers and foliage are useful in flower arrangements. This plant is thought to be a hybrid between Grevillea gaudichaudii and Grevillea longifolia. It arose as a spontaneous seedling in the garden of Dr. Ann Warren of Warrandyte, Victoria. It is sometimes listed as synonymous with the Leon Hodge Poorinda hybrids 'Poorinda Royal Carpet' and 'Poorinda Royal Mantle' but the Australian Cultivar Registration Authority considers them different and notes that both 'Poorinda Royal Carpet' and 'Poorinda Royal Mantle' have dark pink styles and both entire and lobed leaves, 'Austraflora Fanfare' only dusky pink styles and only lobed leaves that are wider than those the two Poorinda hybrids. We grew this plant from 2002 to 2006 and only discontinued it because of production problems within our own nursery with no fault of the plant itself. Our plants from the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum.  The information on this page is based on our library and online research as well as observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Grevillea 'Austraflora Fanfare'.
 
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