A genus of elegant trees and shrubs mostly natives of the Australian group, many of the species having leaves as beautifully cut as a fern. According to Eastern and European authorities they grow only five or six feet high, whereas here in California they reach a height of from forty to fifty feet with a diameter of stem of over a foot. Grevillea robusta, the most commonly grown species, is very ornamental, and when in bloom is a striking object in the landscape with its great trusses of orange-red flowers set among its fern-like foliage. It grows freely in any ordinary good soil and requires very little water. Grevillea fasciculata, Grevillea juniperina, Grevillea Thelemanniana, Grevillea saligna, the scarlet-blooming Grevillea punicea, and the purple-flowering Grevillea vestita should be seen in our gardens more frequently than they are and well repay any care and attention bestowed upon them.
Propagate by seeds sown, in Spring, one-quarter of an inch deep in sandy soil in a warm greenhouse, or by cuttings planted, in September, in a cool frame shaded from strong sunshine; grow them in pots until they are required for planting in the open ground.