Grevillea “Misty Pink” is one of a number of large, free-flowering hybrids that are loosely termed “Queensland” hybrids because all have at least one species native to Queensland in their parentage. Most of these plants are characterised by a tall habit, ferny leaves and large racemes of colourful flowers which appear over a long period. Other popular cultivars in this group include G.”Honey Gem” (orange), G.”Sandra Gordon” (yellow), G.”Moonlight” (cream) and G.”Sylvia” (bright pink).
Grevillea “Misty Pink” is a hybrid between G.banksii and G.sessilis, both native to Queensland. It grows to about 3 metres in height by 2.5-3 metres wide and has an open habit. The large racemes of flowers are around 150mm in length and have pink flowers with cream styles. These can be seen at most times of the year, with a flush in late winter/spring. The flowers tend to be at their best before they fully open as they fade quickly. The flowers attract honey-eating birds.
This cultivar is quick growing and may be severely pruned (almost to ground level) if it becomes untidy. A sunny, well drained position is preferable in the garden and plants are tolerant of at least moderate frost. It performs best in warmer climates. Fertilisers containing phosphorus are best avoided.
G.”Pink Surprise” is often confused with G.”Misty Pink”. The former is a taller, more open plant with similarly coloured but larger racemes.
Although G.”Misty Pink” produces viable seed, this will not come true to type. Offspring may have completely white or completely pink flowers. Propagation is fairly easy from cuttings.
Grevillea ‘Misty Pink’
Photo: Brian Walters