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Grevillea biternata

Its natural environment indicates that it needs reasonable drainage in the home garden. If your garden is on clay soil, just plant it in mounds or raised beds. This reliable and long-lived species is drought and frost resistant and does best in full sun.

The massed display of creamy white flowers has a sweet vanilla fragrance which drifts around the garden. It attracts insects which pollinate the flowers and the spiky foliage provides excellent protection and nesting sites for small birds such as wrens and thornbills. It makes an ideal barrier plant or hedge.

This vanilla-scented form of Grevillea biternata has been grown for sale by our Growing Friends.

Scientific nameGrevillea biternata C.F.Meisner

Genus: After Charles Francis Greville, 1749-1809, co-founder of the Horticultural Society, London, later the Royal Horticultural Society.

Species: From Latin, bi, twice; and ternatus, in threes. In reference to the foliage of the type specimen which is twice three-forked.

DistributionNew Norcia south to Northhampton, Western Australia.
Native habitatIt grows in sandy or gravelly loam in open heath and low mallee woodland.
DescriptionShrub to 2.5 m high with vanilla scented creamy white flowers.
Flowering/fruitingLate winter to spring.
Location in gardenIn bed 103 in the Big Idea Garden, in bed 164 in the Banksia Garden and in the Visitor Centre Carpark
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