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Products > Grevillea lanigera 'Prostrate'
 
Grevillea lanigera 'Prostrate' - Prostrate Woolly Grevillea
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Proteaceae (Proteas)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Cream & Pink
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Synonyms: [G. lanigera 'Mt. Tamboritha', ‘Jade Mound']
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25° F
Grevillea lanigera 'Prostrate' (Prostrate Woolly Grevillea) - A low, dense ground cover/shrub to 2 feet tall and 4 feet wide with small, narrow gray-green foliage that is soft and woolly. The cream and pink flower clusters form at the stem tips in winter and spring. The densely-clothed branches are spiral-shaped, resembling Asparagus d. 'Meyers'. Performs best in full sun to light partial shade in a well-draining, moist to dry soil, surviving short periods of drought. Highly attractive to butterflies. This somewhat tender plant can reliably survive short duration temperatures down to the low 20°s F. The species has a wide distribution from the northern tablelands north of Sydney in New South Wales south to Wilson's Promontory in Victoria. The genus is named after Charles Francis Greville (1749-1809), co-founder of London Horticultural Society. The specific epithet "lanigera" comes from the Latin word 'lana' (wool) and 'gerus' (bearing) referring to woolly leaves. We have grown this plant since 1993 and received it under the name "Prostate Form". In the Encyclopaedia of Australian Plants by Rodger Elliot and David Jones, it is noted that this plant is also called Grevillea lanigera 'Compacta' and Grevillea lanigera 'Mt. Tamboritha' and these names can all be found in the California nursery trade. The name 'Mt. Tamboritha' would imply that the plant came from this mountain within Alpine National Park in south Victoria, but Elliot and Jones contend that it more likely was a selection from one of the naturally more prostrate coastal forms and because of this and because it is the name we first received it as, we have stuck with name 'Prostrate'. It also very much resembles a plant sold in the California nursery trade under the name ‘Jade Mound'. We also grow the even lower growing Grevillea lanigera 'Coastal Gem', a 2001 UC Santa Cruz Arboretum Koala Blooms 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 lanigera 'Prostrate'.
 
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