Grevillea synapheae

Catkin Grevillea

Family: Proteaceae

This highly ornamental and hardy spreading shrub grows 20-40 cm high by 1 to 1.5m wide and can form a solid groundcover. It has attractive slightly glaucous foliage and bronzy new growth. The leaves are normally divided into 3 to 7 lobes.

It flowers profusely with clusters of cream to yellow flowers over a long period from late winter to spring. The shape of the inflorescences resemble a catkin, a type of inflorescence produced in plants like Birches, Beeches and Oaks.

Grevillea synapheae comes from the south west of Western Australia and grows in low heathlands.

In the garden

This is a showy addition for any garden bed, rockery or container. It can be planted in any open locations either singly in mixed plantings or massed as a low hedge.

Plants are long lived and suitable for landscaping embankments, nature strips and low water use gardens.

It prefers well drained acidic soil in full sun or part shade and is drought and frost tolerant.

It responds well to moderate pruning.

It can be a skin irritant.

Propagation

Other information

There are a number of sub species of G. synapheae.

Originally named by R Brown in 1830.

Grevillea – named for Charles Francis Greville (1749-1809), patron of botany and co-founder of the Royal Horticultural Society.
synapheae – from Ancient Greek synaphe meaning union or connection referring to the anthers being joined to the stigmas.

It is not known to be threatened in the wild.

By Heather Miles