Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Grevillea 'Honey Gem'

Grevillea 'Honey Gem'
This Australian shrub is probably in the top ten of all time favourite native plants though G. 'Moonlight' is probably just a bit hardier and more widely grown .G. Honey Gem is shorter growing, usually reaching the 2.5 metre mark.The name for this plant is apt as the flowers exude a clear sweet liquid much loved by parrots and honey eating birds. There is a theory that bird populations are changing with the increased planting of these nectar rich Grevilleas as smaller birds are chased away by larger birds such Wattle birds.
Flowers are produced almost continually with peak times being winter and early spring. Pruning to maintain a good shape is necessary and planting in soils low in phosphorous is advisable.

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