Saturday, May 23, 2015

Grevillea Johnsonii – Hummingbird Magnet

Grevillea johnsonii is a beautiful, slightly weeping evergreen shrub with long needle-like, dark green leaves.  However, there’s no doubt this amazing Grevillea truly ‘comes to life’ when flowering - as it does profusely.  The loose clusters of extremely showy spidery pinkish-red flowers produced from late winter through the spring months make a strong but elegant contrast with the foliage.

These showy blossoms are very popular among pollinators such as bees, butterflies and birds - especially the hummingbirds!  Another name for Johnsonii should be - Hummingbird Magnet!
  Herds of hummingbirds happily feast on the sweet nectar!  They are beautiful as they dart around from flower to flower and the dance they perform is unlike any other bird.  Their bright, shimmering colors, rapid flight and the ability to hover are a few of the traits that make them so unique.  Such high-energy movement requires that they feed every ten to fifteen minutes.  Hummingbirds are most attracted to flowers in shades of red like Grevillea johnsonii, of course!

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