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Products > Grevillea thelemanniana 'Baby'
Grevillea thelemanniana 'Baby' - Spider Net Grevillea

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. This plant is thought to be the true Grevillea thelemanniana - most other selections and subspecies originally using this name having since been placed elsewhere. It 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. 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 plant was given this specific epithet 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 was to honor A. Thelemann, one of his chief gardeners at his Vienna home.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Grevillea thelemanniana 'Baby'.