Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Australian Botanic Garden

Grevillea speciosa

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - September

Common name red spider-flower
Scientific name Grevillea speciosa (Knight) McGill.
Family  Proteaceae

Genus: After Charles Francis Greville, 1749-1809, co-founder of the Horticultural Society, London, later the Royal Horticultural Society.

Species: From Latin, speciosus, showy, splendid. Referring to the flowers.

Distribution This species occurs in the wild from Buckety to the Parramatta River in New South Wales.
Native habitat Moister areas of dry sclerophyll forest or heath in sandy soils on sandstone.

A small to medium shrub with red flowers.

Flowering/fruiting Spot flowers throughout the year but puts on a spectacular display of scarlet flowers in late winter to early spring.

Location in Garden

Beds 104 and 105 in the Big Idea Garden.


It is fairly common in the nursery trade as it tolerates a wide range of climatic variations. It prefers a sunny or partially shaded position in well-drained soil and is frost hardy.




Grevillea speciosa

Grevillea speciosa