Descriptions of Registered Cultivars
ORIGIN: Grevillea 'Wakiti Gem' is a presumed hybrid between G. tetragonoloba and G. x gaudichaudii. It occurred as a chance seedling in a garden in Shepparton, Victoria. The name "Wakiti" refers to the nursery where the cultivar was first propagated. The cultivar was first received by the Authority in October 1983. Registration applied for by P and D Shiells, Shepparton.
DESCRIPTION: This cultivar is a prostrate plant up to 2.5m across. Along with this compact habit it is very dense. The leaves are deeply divided and reminiscent of G. x gaudichaudii. Each leaf lobe ends in a pungent point. The inflorescences are terminal and between 4 and 6cm long and are a claret colour. The flowering season is during the spring and summer months.
DIAGNOSIS: While similar in both foliage and flower to G. x gaudichaudii, Grevillea 'Wakiti Gem' does not have long, trailing stems. The plant is very compact and dense and only 1.5m across. Grevillea 'Green Glow', a cultivar produced from the same hybrid cross, differs in that it is a low spreading shrub to 1m tall with very bright green foliage.
CULTIVATION NOTES: The compact prostrate habit of this plant will make it a very useful ground cover in gardens and public plantings. It has proven frost hardy and drought tolerant. A full sun position is required for best results. The cultivar must be grown by vegetative means to ensure its features are retained.
COLOUR CODE: RHS Colour Chart 1966
style: close to red group 53A
new leaves: close to yellow green group 146A
old leaves: close to yellow green group 147A
ACRA REFERENCES: ACC307, ACRA026, CBG8313230
ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION ON: 31 March 1987