Grevillea evansiana

Family: Proteaceae

Grevillea evansiana is a low, spreading shrub that will reach a height of 1 metre with a spread of 1.5 metres.

Leaves are elliptical in shape and may be up to 3 centimetres long. The upper surface is shiny green with a silvery contrasting undersurface.

The unusual flowers are carried in pendulous clusters. They are dark red almost black. They appear in late winter and spring.

Grevillea evansiana is a native of New South Wales and is found in Wollemi National Park, northwest of Sydney and home to the famous Wollemi Pine. The area around Dunn’s Swamp, a popular camping and picnic area in the park is a stronghold of this species. Although common here, Grevillea evansiana has restricted distribution, vulnerable in the long term but protected in a reserve.

 

In the garden

Grevillea evansiana is an attractive small shrub with unusual flowers and could be cultivated in a native garden bed or large rockery. Grevillea evansiana is surviving and thriving in our cold climate garden.

Propagation

Propagate from cuttings.

Other information

We first saw Grevillea evansiana growing in Sid Cadwell’s Boongala Nursery, west of Sydney, many years ago. We were so taken by the plant that we took a holiday to find the species in its natural state. We were successful and found the Grevillea evansiana growing around the impounded water of Kandos Dam (Dunn’s Swamp) in Wollemi National Park. There is also a white-flowered form growing in this area.

 

By Warren and Gloria Sheather