Australian native plants that I grow – a few words
By Jeff Howes
Grevillea lanigera - Mt Tamboritha form
Common name. Spider flower
Grevillea : Charles Francis Greville (1749-1809). One of the founders of the Horticultural Society.
This plant is a compact form of Grevillea lanigera which has been widely grown and available in plant nurseries for many years. Interestingly, this plant does not originate from Mt Tamboritha (a 1840 metres high mountain located on the western edge of the Victorian Alpine National Park) however while there is a form originating from Mt Tamboritha it is not readily available.
I have been growing these plants for many years (in my northern Sydney garden) as I find the flowers and foliage attractive. The plant has flowers all years but the main flowering time is late winter/spring. Grevillea lanigera Mt Tamboritha makes an excellent compact and hardy ground cover and grows to about one metre (or less depending on moisture) in diameter to about 20 cms high, in situations with full sun to partial shade in fairly well drained soils.
Its attractive grey/green foliage is a good colour contrast plant that is shown off to its best, if planted in groups of three. For those of you living in areas that receive heavy winter frosts, this plant is frost tolerant to at least -11°C or so the label advises. Overall, a great native plant that should be grown in every garden.