G.acanthifolia.JPG (43117 bytes)Grevillea acanthifolia: is a member of the Proteaceae family and is a spreading shrub that may reach a height of three metres with a spread of four metres. Judicious pruning will keep plants to a more manageable height and width.

The divided leaves are bright green, stiff, prickly and up to 12 centimetres long.

Grevillea acanthifolia carries pink, toothbrush-type flowers for most of the year. The blooms are up to ten centimetres long and rich in nectar.

There are three subspecies. All are native to New South Wales. Grevillea acanthifolia subsp acanthifolia is the most commonly cultivated subspecies and has proved to be a hardy, free-flowering, bird-attracting shrub.

Grevillea acanthifolia subsp acanthifolia is common in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. This subspecies is found in wet areas. In cultivation the subspecies will survive and thrive in well-drained situations.

Grevillea acanthifolia subsp paludosa is found in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales. Grevillea acanthifolia subsp stenomera comes from the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales.

Grevillea acanthifolia subsp acanthifolia has very prickly foliage and perhaps should not be planted near paths.

Propagate from cuttings.

 

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