Spider Flower

spider-flower---grevillea-johnsonii

This spider flower, Grevillea johnsonii, is named after Charles F Greville a founder of the RHS and A S Johnson, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney (1972-1985) this beautiful Australian shrub produces its spider-like waxy red to creamy flowers over a long period.

The nectar of the Grevillea flowers was apparently enjoyed by Aborigines, either sucked directly from the plant or added to water to make a sweet drink. (This is not recommended as some common Grevillea contain cyanide)

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