While the common name might lead you to believe that this plant likes to be at high elevation and able to withstand cold, that is not really the case. It is also quite variable and thus the varietal name is often where it was originally located.
‘Wangaratta’ is a city in the northwest of Victoria, Australia. It is described as being high country and one of Australia’s wine growing regions. That should provide a guide to suitable climates to grow this plant.
UCSC describes this as being considerably larger than most of its cousins, reaching 6-8 feet tall and 4-6 feet across. It appears to have a somewhat pendulous nature. Flowers and orange and yellow and somewhat tucked into the foliage.
Species Meaning: from latin alpinus referring to the location it was first discovered
Grevillea alpina is native to Australia.
This may be a fairly short-lived plant, especially in areas with summer moisture. All the usual advice for Protea family plants – poor soil, extremely good drainage, no summer water, no fertilizer, avoid root disturbance. Full sun.
Cuttings should be taken from interseasonal growth (semi-hard material) flowering material should be avoided. A length between 5-10 cm should be used with half to a third of the leaves stripped off. A gel type plant hormone should be used. Cuttings are slow to grow, taking 6–8 weeks to strike. The seeds have an inhibitor that prevents germination immediately and this cannot be overcome by using treatments such as nicking, smoke water or peeling. Seeds should be soaked in room temperature water for 24 hours before sowing. Both cuttings and seeds should be sown in a coarse perlite mixture. The mixture needs to be well drained or basal rot can occur. Bottom heat should be used especially in the colder months.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P21054
Found in Pots,
Awaiting its forever home.
We acquired this plant from UCSC - Norries.