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'Billy Bonkers' is one of a spectacular range of new hybrid grevilleas produced by Richard Tomkin at Changers Green Nursery in Queensland. It is a cross between the dwarf, spreading Grevillea nana subsp. abbreviata and Grevillea 'Sid Cadwell'. Richard named this grevillea after his pet dog.
Common name: Billy Bonkers
Botanic name: Grevillea 'Billy Bonkers'
Description: Low growing grevillea to about 1m (3') tall, and 2-3m (6-10') wide. It has bright green foliage and metallic pink flowers for most of the year.
Best climate: 'Billy Bonkers' will grow anywhere in Australia, but may need protection (especially when young) from frosts in areas that experience regular frosts or very cold conditions. Plants are frost tolerant to -3°C and will withstand summer temperatures to around 40°C, making them suitable for inland areas. They are grafted on to Grevillea robusta understock.
Attractive, electric pink flowers bird attracting long flowering low growing
'Billy Bonkers' is a new grevillea and you probably won't find it at your local nursery, however they will be able to order it in for you. It is available from Fairhill Native Plants, Fairhill Road, Yandina, QLD, 4561. Phone: (07) 5446 7088. Cost: 200mm (8") pots are $14.50.
For more details about 'Billy Bonkers', 'Flamingo' or any of the other new hybrid grevilleas bred by Richard Tomkin, or for the wholesale order of tubestock, contact:
Changers Green Nursery, Bungadoo Road, Gin Gin, QLD, 4671. Phone: (07) 4157 4283
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