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Products > Grevillea 'Kings Rainbow' PP27,931
 
Grevillea 'Kings Rainbow' PP27,931
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Proteaceae (Proteas)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red & Yellow
Bloomtime: Year-round
Parentage: (G. armigera hybrid)
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Grevillea 'Kings Rainbow' PP27,931 - A medium size spreading shrub to 5 to 6 feet tall with stiff dark green dissected leaves. Nearly year-round appear the 2 to 3 inch long yellow and red toothbrush type flowers with the red portions of the flower the exerted and mostly recurving styles capped with a small orange pistil that rise up from the yellow colored anther bearing tepals - very distinctive! Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and give infrequent to occasional irrigation. Our experience with other grevillea is avoid fertilizers that contain phosphorus and to keep an eye on foliage color for signs of chlorosis that can be treated with acidifying agents or chelated iron. This plant should prove hardy to 20-25 F. 'Kings Rainbow' does great in containers or in the landscape and is a favorite of hummingbirds. We began trialing this cultivar Grevillea 'Kings Fire' and Grevillea 'Kings Celebration' in 2015 and noted through the trial period that these plants are strong performers with very attractive foliage and flowers. 'Kings Rainbow' has a unique bicolored flower but is the less vigorous plant in the series. In 2019 another very attractive cultivar, Grevillea 'Spirit of ANZAC', with larger bicolored flowers and grey-green foliage has been added to the collection. These cultivars are the result of a breeding program conducted by Digby Growns at Plant Development at Kings Park and Botanic Garden in Perth, Western Australia. The objective of the breeding program was the development of Grevillea cultivars that have large inflorescences with attractive colors. This series made its debut in North America through Ball Horticulture & Star Roses & Plants in 2016 and described as having "exotic looking blooms that flower year-round in Southern California. 'King's Rainbow' is the result of crossing a selection of Grevillea armigera with an unnamed Grevillea hybrid (G. 20101122) in 2011. The Grevillea armigera seed parent was a moderately vigorous semi-upright plant with yellow-green and dark burgundy to black colored inflorescences and the pollen parent, G. 20101122, a vigorous upright growing plant with medium red-colored inflorescences. 'Kings Rainbow was the only selected plant from this cross which received US Plant Patent PP27,931 in April 2017.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Grevillea 'Kings Rainbow' PP27,931.
 
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