Some 250 species of evergreen shrubs and trees. Leaves alternate, often toothed or lobed. Flower clusters terminal, flowers paired, tubular, subtended by a bract; often rich in nectar. Hardiness varies, but generally rather tender, some tolerate frost. A large number of hybrids and other garden forms (see the Sunset Western Garden Book for those available in California and southwestern U.S.). Native to Australia.
Grevillea: After Charles F. Greville (1749-1809), co-founder of the Royal Horticultural Society and once vice-president of the Royal Society of London.