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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 research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's 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, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Grevillea thelemanniana 'Baby'.