Grevillea montana: is a member of the Proteaceae family.
Grevillea montana is a bushy shrub that will reach a maximum height of 1.5 metres. The leaves are almost linear; their margins bent backwards and end in a sharp point. The upper surface is dark green and the lower surface is white due to a dense covering of silky hairs.
The flowers are carried in loose clusters from one to four blooms. The perianth (floral tube) is usually green at the base and dark red at the top. From late winter to spring is the flowering period.
Grevillea montana is a native of the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, north of Sydney.
A few years ago we found a roadside population, of Grevillea montana, and noticed one plant had more flowers than other members of the population. The flowers, of this individual, were much brighter in colour. The base of perianth was bright orange-yellow and dark red at the top. We managed to propagate one cutting and this individual was planted in one of our gardens. In August 2006 we noticed bright flowers, of a Grevillea, in this garden. We had rediscovered our Grevillea montana and cuttings were taken from this colourful specimen. Hopefully more plants will result from these cuttings.
We are also growing the “conventional” form of Grevillea montana. The image of the left is the “bright-flowered form” and that on the right is the “conventional” form.
Grevillea montana was introduced into England in 1822.
Propagate from cuttings.