Grevillea, after Charles Francis Greville (1749-1809), co-founder of London Horticultural Society. Lanigera, from Latin lana, wool, and gerus, bearing, referring to woolly leaves.
Presence in Australia
More common east of the Olympic Highway. Noted in the areas Albury; Upper Back-Upper Jerra Jerra; Ardenside-Welaregang; Bringenbrong-Khancoban; Coreinbob; O"Briens South & McLeods; Upper Kyeamba; Keajura; Upper Burkes and Major. Possibly also in areas surrounding those noted.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: NSW, Act, Vic.
Moist rocky places in light to heavy soil, including streambanks.
Spreading shrub mostly 20cm to 1.5m high, with grey-green foliage.
Well-drained soil. Tolerates frost and drought. Full sun or semi-shade.
Apparently commonly hybridises with Rosemary Grevillea (G. rosmarinifolia). Also hybridises with Cat"s Claws Grevillea (G. alpina).
Variously red/pink/cream, mainly spring.
Summer. Fruits turn from green to brown and seeds shed soon after maturity, requiring close monitoring. Secure nylon stockings or paper bags to fruiting branches after flowering to ensure collection. Generally only small proportion of flowers set seed.
From cuttings 5-7cm long with heels, which strike readily. Also from seed, which may result in variable plants.
Shade and shelter
Useful low-level cover in windbreaks.
Good habitat. Flowers are attract nectar-feeding birds, particularly honeyeaters such as the Eastern Spinebill, and various native moths and butterflies. Foliage is good refuge and nesting sites for small birds, particularly honeyeaters.
Attractive ornamental for screening, rockeries and groundcover. Prune regularly to promote bushiness. Enhance flowering and vigour by occasional and thorough summer watering.