Grevillea_victoriae.jpg (51713 bytes)Grevillea victoriae: is a member of the Proteaceae family. In recent years this species has been rent asunder with a number of new species split from Grevillea victoriae. In fact it appears that botanical revisions have identified 11 separate variations. Some of these are new species whilst others are subspecies. One well known comparatively new species is Grevillea rhyolitica, “Deua Flame”.

We will not attempt to describe all the new species but will stick to a general description of this variable and very attractive Grevillea.

Grevillea victoriae is a medium shrub with rusty-hairy juvenile growth. The adult leaves may be lanceolate to ovate and in some variations almost circular. Adult leaves are green to grey-green above and pale green to silvery beneath.

The red to orange-red flowers are held in pendulous clusters. Blooms are usually conspicuous and profuse. Flowering occurs from January to May and again from August to October. Grevillea diminuta has similar pendulous flower cluster but they are smaller than those of Grevillea victoriae.

Both foliage and flowers are attractive features.

Grevillea victoriae would be an interesting addition to native shrubberies.

The species comes from the Australian Alps in New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Victoria.

Propagate from cuttings.