26 September 2023

New grevillea brightens Kings Park anniversary

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A new hybrid grevillea is now on sale at Perth nurseries, marking 150 years since Kings Park gained legal protection as a reserve.

The pink grevillea hybrid, Boorloo Moon (pictured), is named for the wonder of a full Moon rising over Boorloo (Perth City) as viewed from Mount Eliza.

The grevillea is a result of 11 years of breeding by the Kings Park Plant Development team.

Senior Plant Breeder, Digby Growns said the masses of pink toothbrush flowers would quickly make the new grevillea hybrid a hit among gardeners.

Boorloo Moon is bird-attracting and flowers throughout the year, providing food and habitat for urban fauna. It makes for an excellent home garden or broader landscape choice as it is naturally compact and hardy,” Mr Growns said.

“The Kings Park breeding program is an important part of conservation horticulture. By breeding plants that are longer flowering and tough in our warming climate, we can encourage home gardeners, Councils and landscapers to choose water-wise native plants for the benefit of our environment.”

He said he was proud that his team could contribute to the conservation of unique WA species.

King’s Park, Perth’s number one tourism destination, marked its sesquicentennial on 1 October last year.

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