Grevillea rosmarinifolia

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Grevillea rosmarinifolia
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
Order: Proteales
Family: Proteaceae
Genus: Grevillea
Species: G. rosmarinifolia
Binomial name
Grevillea rosmarinifolia

Grevillea rosmarinifolia (Rosemary Grevillea) is a plant of the family Proteaceae.


Grevillea rosmarinifolia usually occurs as a small to medium, shrub to 0.3–2 meters high.[2]

The leaves resemble rosemary - narrow-linear, stiff with sharp points and curled-under margins, 0.8-3.8 cm long and 0.7–3 mm wide.[3]

G. rosmarinifolia produces clusters of red or pink flowers from winter to spring.[2] The flowers are rich in nectar and attract nectarivorous insects and birds.


It was first described by Allan Cunningham, an English botanist on an expedition in New South Wales. There are two currently recognised subspecies:[4]

  • G. rosmarinifolia subsp. glabella (R.Br.) Makinson
  • G. rosmarinifolia A.Cunn. subsp.rosmarinifolia

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It is native to New South Wales and Victoria, Australia, and has naturalised in South Australia.

G. rosmarinifolia prefers full sun. It is frost and drought tolerant.


Grevillea rosmarinifolia is cultivated as an ornamental plant, for use in gardens and drought tolerant landscaping.


A large number of cultivars of the species have been selected, including:

  • "Anakie', a form from Anakie, Victoria
  • 'Aromas', a form cultivated in the USA
  • 'Aurea'
  • 'Coral'
  • 'Desert Flame'
  • 'Hurstbridge' — a form from Hurstbridge, Victoria.
  • 'Jenkinsi'
  • 'Lara Dwarf', (Lara form) — a form from Lara, Victoria, now extinct in the wild.
  • 'Lime-Light'
  • 'Little Desert' — a form from the Little Desert in Victoria.
  • 'Lutea'
  • 'Marlow'
  • 'Nana'
  • 'Nectis'
  • 'Noelli' — a form cultivated in the U.S.
  • 'Pink Pixie'
  • 'Rosy Posy' — a form from the Yarrangobilly Caves area in New South Wales.
  • 'Vectis'
  • 'Wakehurst'
  • 'West Wyalong Beauty'
  • 'Williamsii Prostrate'
  • 'Williamsii'
  • 'Wyalong Wonder'


  1. ^ "Grevillea rosmarinifolia". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  2. ^ a b "Grevillea rosmarinifolia". Australian Native Plants Society (Australia) - ANPSAz. 11 November 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 
  3. ^ "Grevillea rosmarinifolia A.Cunn". Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney Australia. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 
  4. ^ "Grevillea rosmarinifolia". Flora of Australia Online. Department of the Environment and Heritage, Australian Government. 

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