Tropicals forum: Grevilleas

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tropicbreeze
Jan 15, 2012 2:24 AM CST
Most Grevilleas aren't tropical. But there are a fair few that are. Here's one that's flowering quite nicely now, Grevillea dryandri

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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jan 16, 2012 7:50 AM CST
What a great plant! I haven't seen these here.

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tropicbreeze
Jan 16, 2012 5:21 PM CST
Hetty, they're a genus of about 360 species, ranging from equatorial climates where I am down to the mediterranean climates of the south of the country. And they range from tall trees down to small shrubs and ground covers. Of course now there's hundreds of cultivars on top of that. They're quite popular in gardens here being colourful and attracting nectar feeding birds and insects. They're part of the Protea family.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Jan 17, 2012 5:59 PM CST
Tropicbreeze, We do grow some cultivars in So. California, but I have never seen that one. I wasn't aware they were in the protea family. I guess that explains why I had no success with the one I had years ago.

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tropicbreeze
Jan 18, 2012 5:02 PM CST
Carol, I think California has a mediterranean climate so should be okay for most of the southern Australian species.

Grevillea dryandri grows in sandy well drained soil and is an equatorial savanna plant, that's hot, very wet and humid wet-season, and a hot dry, dry-season (winter) . One of our local Grevilleas (G. pteridifolia) mainly grows as a small tree in swamps and is waterlogged or flooded for most of the year. It varies a lot between species.
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Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Jan 18, 2012 7:06 PM CST
That explains why I haven't seen it around here.

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tropicbreeze
Jan 18, 2012 10:58 PM CST
There's still a large number of mediterrainean climate ones to choose from.

By the way, another big difference between G. pteridifolia and the other tropical ones, it flowers in the driest weather (dry season) whilst most of the others flower in the wettest time (wet season).

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