Descriptions of Registered Cultivars
ORIGIN: Grevillea ‘Simply Sarah’ is a hybrid between Grevillea longifolia (male) and Grevillea beadleana (female). It originated at Forestdale in Queensland and the breeder was Mr Bryson Easton. The cultivar was first selected on 3rd 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 22nd 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