Grevillea Lanigera Mount Tamboritha

 Spider Flower

spider flower

Grevillea Lanigera ‘Mount Tamboritha’, or Spider Flower, is an utterly charming, low-growing shrub that copes perfectly in a wide range of climatic conditions. This native of Australia resists every heavy blow that Mother Nature throws at it in Africa, from stormy coastal winds to hot and dry summers, to extreme winter cold. It is a superbly neat evergreen that only grows to a height of 30 to 50 cm, but can spread to a width of about 1,5 to 2 m.

This growth pattern, its dense and soft needle-like foliage and its toughness, make the Spider Flower ideal for planting over terrace walls and for filling gaps on warm slopes. It is also lovely in a rock and gravel garden. Even a forgetful gardener can plant it in hanging baskets, window boxes and pots because the occasional missed watering session will not prevent it from growing well and producing small flowers on the tips of all the little branches.

When does the Spider Flower bloom?

The unusual-looking, pinkish-red and cream flowers appear from winter to summer.

Most Suitable Climate

Being an exceptionally hardy plant, the Spider Flower is suitable for both cold and coastal gardens.

What the Spider Flower needs

Location: full sun.
Soil: sandy, well-drained soil enriched with compost. It does not like phosphates or bone meal.
Water: medium water required in summer, but survives brief periods of drought.
Fertilizing and pruning: only use compost, and prune only to contain unwanted growth after the flowering season.

In a Nutshell

  • Dense ground cover suitable for all climates.
  • Easy grower.
  • Medium to low water consumption.
  • Attractive in rock and gravel gardens.
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