This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum’s “Pollinator Plant List: Hummingbirds” series – 30 can’t-fail, easy-care, low-water plants well adapted to our region and that attract hummingbirds.
Winpara Gem hybrid grevillea
Grevillea “Winpara Gem”
Size: Six to 8 feet tall and wide
Bloom season: Red blooms from October through February
Exposure: Full sun or partial shade.
Pruning needs: Prune to shape.
Water needs: Low; once established, water deeply one or twice a month.
Snapshot: Expect to see more grevilleas as the popularity of this Australian native continues to spread. Grevilleas come in all sizes from ground-hugging shrubs under 2 feet tall to mighty oak-like trees that top 100 feet in height. This hybrid shrub lands somewhere in the middle, reaching about fence height in Sacramento gardens. Believed to be a natural cross between G. thelemanniana and G. olivacea, “Winpara Gem” was discovered in South Australia and is both drought- and frost-tolerant. This evergreen shrub features finely divided silvery leaves, which look attractive year-round and help make this plant a good pick for a low-water hedge. But it’s the vivid red clusters of silky flowers that hummingbirds love. Those spiky blooms are filled with nectar and provide a welcome food source in late fall and winter.
For more on “Pollinator Plant List: Hummingbirds,” visit arboretum.ucdavis.edu.