Rosemary grevillea

Rosemary grevillea

Grevillea rosmarinifolia

Common Name:

Rosemary grevillea

Scientific Name:

Grevillea rosmarinifolia

Alternative common names:

Rosemary-leaved grevillea, Spider flower.


Rosemary grevillea is an evergreen, rounded, well-branched shrub reaching 2m in height. The flowers are pink to red, sometimes cream near their tips, and are curved downwards. It is known to invade fynbos. It reproduces only by seed, which is dispersed by ants, wind and water.

Additional Information

Where does this species come from?

South Eastern Australia.

What is its invasive status in South Africa?

NEMBA Category 3.

Where in South Africa is it a problem?

Western Cape.

How does it spread?

The seeds are dispersed by water, ants and wind.

Why is it a problem?

It invades fynbos.

What does it look like?

Leaves: Dark green, leathery, needle-shaped with pointed tips, margins rolled under, silky-haired beneath, 50mm long.

Flowers: Flowers are red, occasionally pink or white, tubular, perianth, hairless outside, bearded inside, 7mm long. Between 1-8 flowers appear in short, dense, pendulous, axillary clusters from spring to autumn.

Fruits: Follicles are 8-11mm long and glabrous.

Does the plant have any uses?

Cultivated for ornamental use.

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