Fantastic Design Plant: Noell's Grevillea

While grevilleahails out of Australia, Grevillea ‘Noellii’ calls California home. This fine-foliaged evergreen shrub thrives in hot, coastal and arid locations and keeps a tasteful and airy garden existence year-round, displaying petite floral ornaments soon after holiday decorations are stowed.


Botanical name:Grevillea ‘Noellii’
Common names: Noel’s grevillea, hummingbird bush, California grevillea
USDA zones: 8 to 10; hardy to 20 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit (find your zone)
Water necessity: Moderate; do not overwater
Light requirement: Total sun
Mature dimension: 4 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet broad
Benefits and tolerances: Flowers attract hummingbirds; bull resistant; tolerant of coastal and heat states
Seasonal attention: Beautiful foliage year-round; colorful blossoms in late winter/early spring
When to plant: Plant cuttings in late summer.

Jim Harding

Distinguishing attributes. The leaves of all grevilleas have beautiful texture, but I am especially fond of this needlelike leaves of ‘Noellii’ — similar to that of rosemary or Westringia.

‘Noellii’ is dense and voluminous, simultaneously airy and light. Its moderate green kind floats softly over the landscape. ‘Noellii’ isn’t a showy plant, but it complements surrounding plants, making sure that garden features look their best. It’ll grow and gracefully spread around 4 feet in each direction but can be pruned after blooming to maintain a dense form.

Rhonda Martin

Clusters of small, white and pink spidery flowers bloom late winter and into spring. They’re magnets for hummingbirds — their elongated type is a open invitation.

How to use it. Mass to get a soft evergreen screen or a tall ground cover. Plant ‘Noelli’ on a hillside or bank to get slope stability as a tasteful solution for a difficult garden spot. It thrives in containers.

Planting notes. Plant ‘Noellii’ in full sunlight and supply moderate water when it’s young. It’s not one of the most drought-tolerant grevilleas, but its heat tolerance, coastal endurance and elastic demeanor make to get an easy-care plant.

Much like other plants in the Proteaceae family, plant grevillea in well-draining, acidic soil with reduced levels of phosphorus. Although it is coastal tolerant, it is also sensitive to elevated levels of salt in the soil.

You’ll find over 300 species ofgrevilleain cultivation. Search for just one best suited to your climate and landscape.

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