UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

Water Wise Plants

Grevillea rosmarinifolia

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Common Name
Plant Type
Mature Size
3 ft. high and 6 ft. wide
Water Requirements
Low: water every three weeks until the root ball is wet
Sun/Shade Requirements
Full to half sun
Flower Color
Red and cream
  • Deer resistant
  • Hummingbirds
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips

Grevillea is one of our favorite no fail plants. It's not showy, but it is tough, deer resistant, loved by hummingbirds, and a fall to spring bloomer.

The Grevillea in this picture is a dwarf form of Grevillea rosmarinifolia. It has evergreen rosemary-like leaves and stays a nice size for a perennial garden -- 3 ft. high and 6 ft. wide according to Sunset. It's a nice combination to have flowers in the winter when not much is blooming and a tidy, low growing shrub in the summer when other plants take center stage.

Sunset says there are over 250 species and hybrids of Grevillea. Some have fine leaves, others have courser leaves. Some make great ground covers, others grow to be the size of the small trees. Some tolerate cold weather weather better than others. Research carefully cultivars carefully before going to the nursery.

Dwarf Grevillea is practical choice for planting in a parking strip that challenging area between the sidewalk and road. For safety reasons most cities require plants shorter than 3 feet in areas next to roads.

Grevillea does well getting a deep watering once every three weeks. We've also seen it do well in gardens that get regular water. Be careful of using fertilizer with phosphorus around Grevillea.

There is no maintenance required for this plant. No deadheading or trimming back, it really is easy peasy!

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