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Grevillea rosmarinifolia, the rosemary grevillea, is a plant of the family Proteaceae.
Grevillea rosmarinifolia usually occurs as a small to medium sized shrub 0.3–2 m (0.98–6.56 ft) high. The greater size is achieved in milder districts.
The leaves resemble rosemary - narrow-linear, stiff with sharp points and curled-under margins, 0.8-3.8 cm long and 0.7–3 mm wide.
Grevillea rosmarinifolia produces clusters of red or pink flowers from winter to spring. The flowers are rich in nectar and attract nectarivorous insects and birds.
It was first described by Allan Cunningham, an English botanist on an expedition in New South Wales. There are two currently recognised subspecies:
- Grevillea rosmarinifolia subsp. glabella (R.Br.) Makinson (Rankins Springs grevillea)
- Grevillea rosmarinifolia subsp. rosmarinifolia (A.Cunn.)
Distribution and habitat
Grevillea rosmarinifolia prefers full sun. It is drought tolerant and hardy down to −10 °C (14 °F).
- See also: List of Grevillea cultivars
A large number of cultivars of the species have been selected, including:
- "Anakie', a form from Anakie, Victoria
- 'Aromas', a form cultivated in the USA
- 'Desert Flame'
- 'Hurstbridge' — a form from Hurstbridge, Victoria
- 'Lara Dwarf' (Lara form) — a form from Lara, Victoria, now extinct in the wild
- 'Little Desert' — a form from the Little Desert in Victoria
- 'Noelli' — a form cultivated in the U.S.
- 'Pink Pixie'
- 'Rosy Posy' — a form from the Yarrangobilly Caves area in New South Wales
- 'West Wyalong Beauty'
- 'Williamsii Prostrate'
- 'Wyalong Wonder'
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