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PlantFiles: Rosemary Grevillea
Grevillea rosmarinifolia

Family: Proteaceae (pro-tee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Grevillea (grev-ILL-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: rosmarinifolia (rose-ma-ree-nee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral htop On Jan 29, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant; however, I have observed it growing in Maui, Hawaii. Rosemary grevillea (Grevillea rosmarinifolia). Its growth habit, leaf size and spacing of leaves varies depending upon where it is grown. It is one of the few grevillea that does well in slighty alkaline soils. It will receive frost damage in the USA in zones below 9 (9 and above are the most suitable zones). Rosemary grevillea can become straggly; however, heavy pruning may kill it. Light pruning leaving enough foliage for regrowth done after blooming is recommended. Fertilizing is not necessary. High phosphorus fertilizers may kill the plant.

Grevillea rosmarinifolia is one of most widely cultivated species of grevillea. There are 2 subspecies of Grevillea rosmarinifolia which sometimes leads leads to confusion when attempting to identify the plant. One form is a spreading tall shrub with prickly foliage and red flowers. Its prickly foliage provides nesting sites for native birds and its nectar-rich blooms attract bird as well. Another form which is suitable for small gardens, Grevillea rosmarinifolia var lutea, has cream flowers and develops into a medium shrub with upright growth habit. It is easily propagated from cuttings.

Positive mary0114 On Dec 18, 2006, mary0114 from Lodi, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Cream & hot pink fall and winter blooms. Fast growing and loves our valley heat. Give excellent drainage and low water. A plus for some winter time color. Hummingbirds like the flowers.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Martinez, California
Mission Viejo, California
Mountain View, California

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