Grevillea_diminuta.jpg (57439 bytes)Grevillea diminuta: is a member of the Proteaceae family and is a low, spreading shrub that will reach a height of 50 centimetres with a spread of one metre.

The leaves are elliptical, less than two centimetres long with the upper surface smooth and dark green and the lower silvery.

The rusty-red flowers are carried in dense, pendulous clusters about 25 millimetres long. They are borne terminally or carried on short lateral branches. Flower clusters resemble small bunches of grapes. Spring is the main flowering period but blooms may appear at other times. The specimen illustrated was photographed in April 2011 (autumn in the southern hemisphere). Honeyeaters are attracted to the flowers. The flower clusters resemble those of Grevillea victoriae although smaller.

Grevillea diminuta is found in southern New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. The climate the species grows in is subalpine so will cope with cold and wet winters.

Tip prune to maintain a bushy growth habit.

Grevillea diminuta could be grown as a mounded ground cover on garden bed borders or in native cottage gardens and rockeries.

Propagate from cuttings.