Grevillea lanigera ‘Coastal Gem’
Grevillea lanigera ‘Coastal Gem’ is a charming evergreen shrub that belongs to the Proteaceae family. Native to Australia, this cultivar is a popular choice for its compact size, attractive foliage, and delicate flowers. It is commonly known as Woolly Grevillea or Coastal Gem Grevillea.
The ‘Coastal Gem’ variety of Grevillea lanigera is treasured for its small, rounded growth habit, reaching a height of about 30 centimeters (12 inches) with a spread of up to 1 meter (3 feet). Its dense, low-growing form makes it ideal for ground cover or as a border plant in gardens.
One of the notable features of Grevillea lanigera ‘Coastal Gem’ is its unique foliage. The leaves are small, narrow, and densely packed along the stems. They have a soft, velvety texture due to the fine hairs (or “woolly” appearance) that cover the leaves, giving the plant its common name. The foliage is typically a rich green color, creating a lush backdrop for the flowers.
The flowers of ‘Coastal Gem’ are a highlight of this cultivar. They are produced in abundance, forming clusters of delicate, spider-like blooms. The individual flowers are typically pink or reddish-pink, although some variations may display shades of white or cream. The flowers are nectar-rich and attract a variety of pollinators, including birds and insects, adding life and movement to the garden.
How to grow Grevillea lanigera ‘Coastal Gem’:
Growing Grevillea lanigera ‘Coastal Gem’ is relatively straightforward, making it suitable for both experienced and novice gardeners. It thrives in a sunny location, although it can tolerate partial shade. Well-drained soil is crucial for the plant’s health, as excessive moisture can lead to root rot. It is also important to provide adequate airflow around the plant to prevent fungal issues.
This cultivar is relatively low-maintenance once established. Water the plant regularly during the establishment period, but once it is established, it can tolerate dry conditions and is considered moderately drought-tolerant. Pruning is generally not required unless you want to shape or rejuvenate the plant. However, if desired, light pruning after flowering can help maintain a compact and tidy appearance.
Grevillea lanigera ‘Coastal Gem’ is generally resistant to pests and diseases. However, it is always advisable to monitor the plant for any signs of pest infestation or disease, such as aphids or root rot, and take appropriate action if necessary.
In summary, Grevillea lanigera ‘Coastal Gem’ is a delightful Australian native shrub with its compact size, woolly foliage, and abundant pink flowers. Its versatility as a ground cover or border plant, coupled with its low-maintenance nature, makes it a popular choice for gardens and landscapes. Whether you want to add color and texture to rockeries, garden borders, or containers, ‘Coastal Gem’ is sure to bring a touch of beauty to any outdoor space.