OF THE MONTH: February 2007
Grevillea lavendulacea "Penola"
Covered with a mass of rose
red blooms from January through March, Grevillea lavendulacea
"Penola" is a big favorite with the hummingbirds and
bees who are attracted to its nectar. Grevilleas are named after
Charles Francis Greville, who was one of the founders of the
Royal Horticultural Society in 1804. They belong to the protea
family and are native to Australia. This cultivar, "Penola",
is named after the town in the wine district of South Australia.
"Penola" forms a medium sized shrub about 4 feet tall
and six feet wide. It has narrow silver gray leaves and arching
branches. The flowers are shaped like an elephant's trunk or
a curly ram's horn. Plant it in full sun in a light soil and
do not fertilize. Once established it will only need a little
water in the summer. It grows happily in Pat Knight's garden
on a steep bank which faces south-west and has good drainage.
Pat has found that grevilleas are deer resistant but young plants
need to be protected from rabbits.
Hardy in Sunset zones
15-24 ( 20-25¡ F.)