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Products > Grevillea petrophiloides 'Big Bird'
Grevillea petrophiloides 'Big Bird' - Pink Pokers

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Proteaceae (Proteas)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Violet
Bloomtime: Fall/Spring
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Grevillea petrophiloides 'Big Bird' (Pink Pokers) - A medium-sized evergreen shrub to 4 to 6 feet tall with finely divided dark-green leaves that are held upright. From late fall to mid spring, and sporadically at other times, appear the tall erect stems, 8 to 9 feet tall, bearing 3 to 4 inch long bottlebrush-like clusters of violet-pink flowers held high above the main portion of the shrub with some flowering also at the tips of the foliage. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil with infrequent summer irrigation - this is a drought tolerant shrub! Its hardiness is not well known yet but thought to tolerate temperatures down to mid to upper 20s F. Avoid using fertilizer with phosphorous. Reportedly responds well to hard pruning. This attractive plant should be great as a specimen in the background where its wands of flowers can rise above other plants. A fun plant for a large container too. In habitat this plant is widespread in lateritic gravely soils in the northern and central sandplain regions in of the hot dry mediterranean climate of the Avon and Irwin districts in Western Australia. In Australia it has proven difficult to maintain in cultivation in humid and wet summer areas but it should be at home in our mediterranean climate so long as it is given full sun and good drainage. Its stunning and unusual appearance makes it worth the attempt to keep it happy. At one time Grevillea petrophiloides was considered to have three subspecies but only the subspecies petrophiloides remains with ssp. magnifica and ssp. oligomera raised to specific level as Grevillea oligomera and G.magnifica. The specific epithet comes from its foliage resembling plants in the genus Petrophile, another Proteaceous genera. This form selected and released in 2012 by the UC Santa Cruz Koala Blooms Australian Native Plant Program. It was accessioned at the UCSC Arboretum as Grevillea petrophiloides 96.406.  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 petrophiloides 'Big Bird'.