Flowers in Australia: 2

Grevillea

red fower

The genus Grevillea is probably the most popular and widely cultivated of all of Australia’s plant genera. The reasons for this are not difficult to find. The plants occur in numerous shapes and sizes so that there is a Grevillea for almost any conceivable garden situation. Added to this are the colourful flowers which, in many cases, attract birds.

Grevillea is a member of the Protea family (Proteaceae) and its close relatives include Banksia, Hakea, Isopogon and Telopea (the Waratah). Grevillea is named after Charles Francis Greville who was one of the founders of the Royal Horticultural Society in 1804. There are over 300 species in the genus, most of which are endemic to Australia but a few species occur in Papua New Guinea and islands to Australia’s north.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. It’s a beauty. Grevillea of some sort, I think, and hard to photograph. I haven’t seen it in the wild: I’d love to. You’ve captured it beautifully.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Meg. It was a very windy day so I am surprised I got any clear shots of the flowers this day. These were all planted in a border alongside a path beside the Pittwater. A lovely area.

  2. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Doesn’t its complexity make you wonder how and why it evolved like that? Gorgeous.

  3. restlessjo says:

    An Izzy Whizzy plant! I love this one ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Don’t they call it the Spider Flower or something similar? Lovely detail ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      There are dozens of them Sarah and one is called the Spider flower, but I don’t thin it is this one. However, it is an apt name for it!

      1. It is apt I think ๐Ÿ™‚ The flowers are wonderful!

  5. It is an awesome flower!!! My favourites. Such complex structure.

  6. pommepal says:

    I love grevilleas Jude and so many colours and forms, they are at their best right now.

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