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Products > Grevillea nudiflora 'Medusa'
 
Grevillea nudiflora 'Medusa' - Bare Flowering Grevillea
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Proteaceae (Proteas)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Synonyms: [Grevillea nudiflora 'Pt. Ann']
Height: <1 foot
Width: 8-10 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Grevillea nudiflora 'Medusa' (Bare Flowering Grevillea) - A low growing vigorous plant that forms a wide dense mat to less than 1 foot tall by 10 feet wide of very narrow dark-green leaves that curve gently back towards the ground and are well spaced on overlapping red stems. In mid-winter to late spring and sporadically throughout the year, small clusters of red flowers which have a distinct yellow blotch near the tips appear. The flowers, though not large and showy, are visible on the upper stems as well as within, due to the open structure of this plant - this combination with the foliage make it a very interesting and attractive plant. Plant in full sun to light shade in a well-drained soil. Tolerates sea spray and strong winds. The species is endemic to an area on the south coast of Western Australia but is variable in habit with several forms recognized. This form selected and released in 2009 by the UC Santa Cruz Koala Blooms Australian Native Plant Program under the name Grevillea nudiflora 'Medusa' seems to be a "curled-leaf" form of Grevillea nudiflora mentioned by Neil Marriot and Peter Olde in their "The Grevillea Book" in which they note this form is from mica schist soils found at Point Ann (sometimes written as Point Anne) along the coast in the Fitzgerald River National Park. They further note that this form can be sometimes found in Australian nurseries as Grevillea nudiflora 'Pt. Ann'. The specific epithet is from Latin meaning "bare flowers". This is a 2009 UCSC Koala Blooms Australian Plant Introduction.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Grevillea nudiflora 'Medusa'.
 
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