Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.
Grevillea ‘Austraflora Fanfare’ has lustrous, finely cut foliage and a decidedly wide, spreading habit. New growth emerges a metallic-bronze and the blooms, which are appearing now, are like little upturned brushes—albeit, brushes that have bristles of a shining, pinkish purple!
Grevilleas are native to Australia (and nearby islands) and are related to the proteas, most of which come from the Southern Hemisphere. This Grevillea hybrid is thought to be the result of a cross between Grevillea gaudichaudii and G. longifolia.
It is a winter resident of the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory but is enjoying its summer outside on the stone platform opposite the entrance to the Herb Garden.