Plant of the month – White Spider Grevillea

Botanical Name: Grevillea linearifolia

Common Name: White Spider Grevillea

Family: Proteaceae

Meaning:

Grevillea: Named after English plant collector and propagator Charles Francis Greville.

linearifolia: From Latin meaning straight-leaved.

Habitat: Heath and Woodland. Can be grown from cuttings. Fairly fast growing. Prefers full sun, but can grow in part shade.

Soils: Usually on sandy soils, moist and well drained.

Habit: Slender shrub to 3m tall. Good garden plant that does well if lightly pruned annually.

Leaves: Long and slender, 2 to 10cm, with silvery hairs underneath.

Flowers: White with a long style. Bird attracting.

Flowering time: Mainly from July to December, but sporadically from January to May. Provides a good nectar and food source for butterflies, bees and other native insects.

Range: Along the east coast of NSW from Gosford to Victoria.

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