This Princess comes from the dry sandy outback of Western Australia - she loves free-draining soil and hot summers, and in the right location will shoot up firework stems of vibrant hot pink poker flowers most months of the year. She hates humidity, soggy roots, humus-rich soils and hard frosts - but with looks this beautiful, it's worth trying to give her everything she wants...!
Grevillea petrophiloides x oligomera 'Panrock Princess' APPEARANCE: Native shrub with very fine, feathery fronds of pale green leaves, and tall stems of hot pink poker-style flowers that rise clear of the foliage, produced during most of the year. G. petrophiloides, known as pink pokers, originates in the WA goldfields and wheatbelt on very free-draining sandy granite soils. G. oligomera comes from the Kalgoorlie area with dry summers and very low humidity. USE FOR:Native and wildlife gardens, waterwise and outback gardens, year-round colour. Grevilleas are loved by honey eaters, flocking to feed on the flowers at dusk and dawn. Parent plants have vigorous roots so avoid planting close to underground pipes. PLANTING: Very well drained loams or sandy soil with a neutral to acid pH. Grows best in full sun to dappled shade and can tolerate a light overnight frost. Extremely drought tolerant once established but be sure to water regularly to establish over first summer. CARE: Water during the first 8-12 weeks until the plant is established. Light pruning in autumn will promote dense growth. Feed with a slow release native fertiliser when buds form - grevilleas can be phosphorus-sensitive so the P ratio of the fertiliser needs to be under 3%. HEIGHT & WIDTH: 1.5 - 1.8 m H x 1.8 m W. YOUR PLANTS: These are tubestock plants, healthy young plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The pot size is 80mm high and 42 mm wide. You can see an example in the image gallery.