Article First Published in Issue 93 of For People and Plants magazine.
As part of the kings park ongoing plant breeding program a new grevillea hybrid named ‘Scarlet Moon’ has been released. This Hybrid has spectacular bright red flowers, white buds and stems and silvery green foliage. It has complex parentage that includes the rare Western Australian species G.nivea which grows near Bremer Bay on the south coast. Other species in its background include G.banksii, G.formosa and G.pteridifolia. ‘Scarlet Moon’ flowers year round and is highly attractive to birds and nectar-loving insects, bringing an abundance of life to your garden.
Once established it is drought tolerant and suitable for most Australian climates. It can be used as a feature plant or an informal screen. It grows best in well-drained acid soils in full sun, although it will tolerate some shade for part of the day. Reaching about 1.6 m high by 1.6 m wide when mature it can be lightly pruned to maintain shape or keep compact. It will also look great in a pot outdoors or on a well-lit patio. Fertilise with slow release native plant fertiliser every 6 to 12 months as necessary. Grevillea ‘Scarlet Moon’ will be available from the Friends of Kings Park plant sales… and retail outlets throughout the country from 2016 onwards.
By Digby Growns, Senior Plant Breeder Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority.