Descriptions of Registered Cultivars
ORIGIN: Grevillea 'Waverley Ghost' is purported to have arisen as a variegated sport from a potted specimen of Grevillea 'Poorinda Constance' held in the nursery of the Victorian State Schools Horticultural Society in Glen Waverley, Victoria. The cultivar was selected in 1979. The cultivar was first received by the Authority in April 1984. Registration applied for by the State Schools Horticultural Society, Bunker Cres., Glen Waverley, 3150.
DESCRIPTION: This cultivar is a dense, bushy shrub 0.6 m to 1m tall. and from 1.5 to 2m wide.The shrub has irregularly variegated foliage with occasional marginal variegation to complete marginal variegation and complete leaf variegation. The flowers are pink in colour.
DIAGNOSIS: The flowers appear to be somewhat fewer in number when compared to the parent. The flower colour is also slightly different. The flowers of Grevillea 'Poorinda Constance' are described as a clear red (perianth red group 50A, style red group 46C) whereas Grevillea 'Waverley Ghost' is a pink (red group 48D). The ultimate height of the cultivars differs also, with Grevillea 'Poorinda Constance' growing between 2 and 4m tall and is, however, grown mainly for its variegated foliage like Grevillea 'Golden Sparkle',which it resembles in variegation.Grevillea 'Golden Sparkle' differs in having orange-red flowers and in growing to about 1.6m tall. Grevillea'Waverley Ghost' appears to be denser and more vigorous than Grevillea'Golden Sparkle' when grown in Canberra, though more time is needed to assess this factor.
OTHER NOTES: Grevillea 'Waverley Ghost', while mainly grown for its variegated foliage, also looks attractive in flower with the pink of the flowers contrasting well with the yellowish-green foliage. Propagation by vegetative means is the only way to preserve the cultivar form. The variegation of this cultivar has proved to be very stable. The cultivar is drought resistant and frost hardy and has proved adaptable to a variety of soil conditions.
COLOUR CODING: R.H.S. Colour Chart 1966.
leaves (green area): close to yellow group 146A
leaves (yellow area):yellow-green group 154D and yellow group 4C (yellow shades vary)
flowers: close to red group 48D.
ACRA REFERENCES: ACC324, ACRA044, CBG8403463
ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION ON: 27 October 1986