Some Rare New England Grevilleas: The New England region, of New South Wales is situated on the Great Dividing range in the north of the state. Extensive clearing, for agriculture has taken place over the decades but there are still many areas of natural bushland. Many of these areas are protected in National Parks. A number of rare and threatened native plants call New England home. Within these rare species there are a number of Grevilleas with limited distribution. Gibraltar Range National Park is a beautiful area east of Glen Innes and north of Armidale. This Park is similar to the Parks near Sydney because of low fertility soil and bulges at the seams with many native plants. Three rare Grevilleas are restricted to Gibraltar Range National Park.
Grevillea acerata is a medium upright shrub. In the wild, growth may become leggy. In cultivation regularly pruning would remedy this condition. Flowers appear on the ends of branches and are an unusual grey or pinkish-grey colour. In appearance the flowers are similar in colour and appearance to Grevillea buxifolia and Grevillea Evelynís Coronet. Flowering occurs over many months. Propagate from cuttings.
Grevillea mollis has tremendous horticultural potential. This rare species is a tall shrub with soft foliage and scarlet flower clusters. Both flowers and foliage are worthwhile features of Grevillea mollis. The species is not in general cultivation. There is a splendid specimen growing in the Hunter Botanic Gardens near Newcastle. Propagate from cuttings.
Grevillea rhizomatosa is unusual because it appears to reproduce solely by suckers and does not produce seed. It is a bushy shrub with pink and green flowers. Not a spectacular plant but worthy of cultivation because of its suckering habit and rare status. Some underground stems extend for many metres. The species is virtually unknown in cultivation. Propagate from cuttings.
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