Grevillea sericea (Sm.) R.Br.

Silky Grevillea

Family: Proteaceae

Genus: Grevillea

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: To 25F

Size: 4 to 6' tall and wide

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Spidery flowers, fringe-like, mauve-pink, over a long period. New growth is pink and there are silky hairs on the bottom of the leaves, hence the common name. Well-drained soil.

See Australian Plant Image Index for photographs.

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Published in Trans. Linn. Soc. London 10: 170 in 1810.

Basionym Embothrium sericeum Sm.

Synonyms Lysanthe sericea (Sm.) Salisb. ex Knight., Embothrium cytisoides Cav., Lysanthe cytisifolia Salisb. ex Knight.

Native to New South Wales, Australia.

About the end of the year 1791 the seeds of this plant, with many others, were received by Messrs. Lee and Kennedy, of Hammersmith, transmitted to them from New South Wales, by Col. Paterson. (Bot. Repos. - Embothrium sericeum)

'Sericea' = silky in latin referring to the hairs on the underside of the leaves.


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