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Products > Grevillea thelemanniana 'Baby'
 
Grevillea thelemanniana 'Baby' - Spider Net Grevillea
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Proteaceae (Proteas)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Year-round
Height: <1 foot
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30° F
Grevillea thelemanniana 'Baby' (Spider Net Grevillea) - A compact low-growing groundcover to 8 to 10 inches tall by 4 feet wide with soft fine-textured light green leaves and masses of dainty light-red flowers held tightly to the foliage nearly year-round. Makes a great groundcover and is useful as an understory plant for larger shrubs and its nectar rich flowers attract birds.

Plant in full coastal sun or light shade and irrigate occasionally. We have not grown it through a cold winter but it should prove hardy to moderate frosts though our experience with related species suggests that it is probably best with temperatures above 25 F.

This selection is thought to be the true Grevillea thelemanniana - most other selections and subspecies originally using this name having since been placed elsewhere, including the first plant we grew with this specific epithet that we now list as Grevillea fililoba. Grevillea thelemanniana occurs naturally in winter-moist sandy soils in a limited area near Perth in Western Australia but has proven adaptable and long lived in cultivation - this plant has been cultivated in Australia since 1831 and we have grown it since 2009.

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 and its specific epithet was given to it by Austrian botanist Charles von Hügel (Carl Alexander Anselm Baron von Hügel - 1795-1870) who was famous for his introduction of plants into Europe from Australia. This name honors A. Thelemann, one of his chief gardeners at his Vienna home. 

This information about Grevillea thelemanniana 'Baby' 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.

 
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