Descriptions of Registered Cultivars
ORIGIN: Grevillea ‘Simply Sarah’ is a hybrid between Grevillea longifolia (male) and Grevilleabeadleana(female). It originated at Forestdale in Queensland and the breeder was Mr Bryson Easton. The cultivar was first selected on 3 rd March 1995 and a label was first printed in September 1996. It is named for the applicant’s eldest daughter. Applicant: Mr Bryson Easton on behalf of the Grevillea Study Group. Received 22 nd June 1999.
DESCRIPTION: A spreading shrub to 2m x 1.8 m wide, with angular branchlets covered in dense spreading fawn hairs. Leaves to c. 35 cm ( mean 25 cm) long, 5 - 10 cm wide; pinnately divided into 13 - 19 linear lanceolate lobes 3 - 6 cm long, 4- 6 mm wide. Upper surface dark green with a sparse covering of short curled hairs. Lower surface white with dense appressed white hairs. Venation of lower surface a midvein to each lobe. Conflorescence a showy, erect, burgundy toothbrush, appearing both terminally and axillary on short peduncles. Floral rachis 8 - 9 cm long. Flowers with a dark burgundy perianth, made pale by a dense covering of appressed white hairs; 8 mm long, 4 mm wide. Limb rounded and fully revolute, covered in dense white hairs. Pistil 25 mm long, mauve red, with a hairy stipitate ovary. Fruits are covered in appressed silver hairs with attractive purple stripes. Seeds are sterile. Flowers all year.
DIAGNOSIS: A larger shrub than G. beadleana with longer more finely divided leaves and paler flowers. Foliage is pinnately divided whereas it is dentate in G.longifolia.
COLOUR CODE: RHS Colour Chart 1995
Pistil: 9B with green
Leaves upper surface: 135A
Leaves lower surface: 193A to 196 group
CULTIVATION: Easily propagated by cutting. Very drought tolerant and moderately frost tolerant. No significant pest or disease problems have been observed. Will tolerate pruning and could be used as a hedge plant. Prefers sun but will tolerate shade (up to 75%). Excellent cut foliage for floral arrangements with a long vase life.
ACRA REFERENCES: ACC715, ACRA710, CBG9913991
ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION ON: 1 September 1999