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Plant Portraits—Lavender grevillea cultivar: Grevillea lavendulacea ‘Penola’

Wave Hill Horticultural Interpreters offer highlights of what’s blooming now in the gardens. Photo credit: Betsy Ginn.

More delicate in appearance than other members of the protea family, the lavender grevillea is native to southeast Australia. The foliage and habit is very similar to lavender, but the flowers are quite different. The cultivar ‘Penola’ has dark red blooms that have graced the Palm House for many weeks this winter. Look for it in the Palm House, the central space in Wave Hill’s Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory.


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