Grevillea alpina: is a member of the Proteaceae family and is known as the Mountain Grevillea.
Grevillea alpina is an extremely variable shrub that may be a ground cover or a two metre high shrub with every height in between. Sometimes plants will sucker.
Young growth may be very hairy with bronze colouring. Adult leaves vary in shape from oblong to narrow elliptical. Their colour varies from green to greyish green.
Flowers are carried in terminal clusters and may be cream, pale green, pink, red, yellowish or orange. Blooms are often conspicuous and carried for many months. Honeyeaters are attracted to the flowers.
There are at least 30 recognised forms of Grevillea alpina.
The species name is a trifle misleading as it is not an alpine species but is common in mountain ranges.
Grevillea alpina is found in south-east New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Victoria.
The Mountain Grevillea prefers good drainage and tip pruning is appreciated.
The form illustrated is probably Grevillea alpina “Grampian Gold”. The flowers are deep golden yellow and this specimen lights up one of our garden beds.
Try any form of Grevillea alpina in native garden beds and smaller forms could be used in native cottage gardens.
Grevillea alpina is one parent of the hybrid Grevillea Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Propagate from cuttings.