Molonglo is cross between an upright red flowered form of Grevillea juniperina from the Canberra region and a yellow flowered prostrate form of Grevillea juniperina from the western foothills of the Budawang Ranges, New South Wales. It was part of hybridization experiments in 1964 and registered in 1974.
This is a Grevillea I had eyes on for a while and was pleased to get one in 2020. It was acquired as a contrast groundcover for the other side of the steps in Down Under Up Top, where it will have room to grow and live opposite ‘Pink Lady’. The flower color on Molonglo is yellow/gold and should have some blooms year-round once established. Again, Xera may be underestimating its size as I have seen other sites claim that it can get to 10′ across. If that is the case, I will have the same problem with it as I do Pink Lady – which, lets face it, is not a totally bad problem because it gives me so much cutting material.
Pronunciation: grev-ILL-ee-uh joo-nip-er-EE-nuh
Species Meaning: juniperina – meaning Juniper-like
First set of cuttings taken September 2020. Currently on heat in the greenhouse and do not yet have any roots showing.
3/1/21 – potted up 4 cuttings with healthy roots. Back on mist and heat to get re-established before I start hardening them off. One is already in bloom!
Developer: R. Willing of the Australian National University, Canberra
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P20047
At the top of the stairs in Down Under Up Top, on the left if ascending the stairs.
We acquired this plant from Xera.