Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Evergreen shrub, many branched, mounding and spreading habit, 3-6 ft (0.9-1.8 m) tall and 6-10 ft (1.8-3 m) wide, sometimes mat forming. Leaves linear to narrowly oblong, crowded, 1-3 cm long, hairy, margin rolled (revolute), green to grayish green. Flowers curved (spider-like), red and cream, in semi-erect clusters 6 cm wide; blooms in winter and spring.
- Sun or partial shade. tolerates extended wet periods.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 8 Native to southeastern Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. Hybridizes naturally with G. alpina and G. rosmarinifolia. A number of selections are available in Australia but few are generally in commerce in the U.S. 'Coastal Gem' can be found in some California nurseries.
- lanigera: wool bearing (Latin lana, wool and ger, to bear), a reference to the hairy bracts and foliage.