Grevillea scortechinii

Black Grevillea

Family: Proteaceae

Grevillea scortechinii is known as the Black Grevillea and is a spreading almost prostrate shrub with branches extending to at least one metre.

Prickly, holly-like leaves are up to six centimetres long, dark green with a leathery texture. Unusual toothbrush flowers are black or very dark maroon and up to 50 millimetres long. This flower colour is unusual in Grevilleas in particular and Australian plants in general.

There are two subspecies: G. scortechinii subsp. scortechinii, which occurs in southern Queensland, and G. scortechinii subsp. sarmentosa which occurs in northern New South Wales. The difference is mainly in the leaf texture and shape. The specimen illustrated is subspecies sarmentosa. Both subspecies are considered to be endangered.

In the garden

Although usually prostrate or semi-prostrate, the Black Grevillea will take advantage of nearby shrubs and grow up amongst their branches.

Propagation

Propagate from seed or cuttings.

Other information

By Warren and Gloria Sheather