Grevillea x gaudichaudii: is a member of the Proteaceae family and is a naturally occurring hybrid. The parents are Grevillea acanthifolia and Grevillea laurifolia.
Both species are native to the upper Blue Mountains of New South Wales and of course this is where Grevillea x gaudichaudii is found.
Grevillea x gaudichaudii is a classic hybrid that inherits characteristics of both parents. Grevillea acanthifolia is an upright shrub with prickly leaves and pink toothbrush flowers. Grevillea laurifolia is a prostrate shrub with lobed leaves and red toothbrush flowers.
Grevillea x gaudichaudii is a prostrate shrub (inherited from Grevillea laurifolia) with lobed leaves (intermediate between both parents). New growth is bronze-red. The crimson toothbrush flowers owe their shape and colour to both parents. They are rich in nectar and attract honeyeaters.
Grevillea x gaudichaudii will cover an area of at least two metres and could be cultivated on embankments or bare areas that need a dense ground cover. They should be planted at two to three metre centres for maximum coverage.
Grevillea x gaudichaudii could be planted with Grevillea Bronze Rambler and Grevillea Poorinda Royal Mantle. Both are also dense ground covers with large red, bird-attracting flowers.
Propagation must be from cuttings to preserve this hybridís characteristics.