Who knew that something could be so pink and interplanetary? Well, leave it to the groovy glam of a little ol' hybridized Australian native to deliver the goods. Here we have one of my favorite martians in the plant world, Grevillea lanigera 'Mt. Tamboritha'. I love me some Grevilleas and this particular evergreen ground cover variety just tugs at my plantaholic heart strings. I mean, those little martian-like 'antennae' are fuzzy, rosy colored, and crazy looking...in a good way. Those antennae like structures are known as the style structure of the flower.
Then check out the rest of the flower structure. Don't they look like psychedelic snail shells? Not your typical flower and I love it! Very cool otherworldly form.
The foliage and form of Grevillea lanigera 'Mt. Tamboritha' is very compact, dapper, and well-formed giving it a bold, attractive appearance. In late winter, flower buds form what look like clusters of rosy grapes that unfurl into rose and cream flowers of the intergalactic kind. So striking. So unique. What's not to love!? Grevillea lanigera 'Mt. Tamboritha' grows up to 6 inches tall and rambles along the ground to create neat, woolly-looking mats of foliage that will kick out a profusion of flower clusters from late winter into spring and then sporadically throughout the year. It likes a well-draining soil situation, full to part sun, low to infrequent water when established, and is hardy down to about 20 degrees fahrenheit/-6 degrees celsius.
So if you're looking for a funky fresh ground cover that'll give you some intergalactic grooviness check out Grevillea lanigera 'Mt. Tamboritha'. It could become your favorite martian plant too!