Grevillea rosmarinifolia, Photo: Michael Lahanas
Grevillea rosmarinifolia A.Cunn.
Grevillea rosmarinifolia (Rosemary Grevillea) is a plant of the family Proteaceae.
Grevillea rosmarinifolia usually occurs as a small to medium, shrub to 0.3–2 meters high.
The leaves resemble rosemary - narrow-linear, stiff with sharp points and curled-under margins, 0.8-3.8 cm long and 0.7–3 mm wide.
G. rosmarinifolia produces clusters of red or pink flowers from winter to spring. The flowers are rich in nectar and attract nectarivorous insects and birds.
It was first described by Allan Cunningham, an English botanist on an expedition in New South Wales. There are two currently recognised subspecies:
G. rosmarinifolia subsp. glabella (R.Br.) Makinson
Distribution and habitat
It is native to New South Wales and Victoria, Australia, and has naturalised in South Australia.
G. rosmarinifolia prefers full sun. It is frost and drought tolerant.
A large number of cultivars have been selected including the following:
"Anakie', a form from Anakie, Victoria
^ "Grevillea rosmarinifolia". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2010-06-07.
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