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Grevillea ‘Dorothy Gordon’ Australian Gardening Guide

Grevilleas are much loved native plants, common in many Australian gardens. One of the most attractive grevilleas species available is Grevillea ‘Dorothy Gordon’.

A fantastic feature plant, which produces stunning deep mauve-pink flowers throughout most of the year. This showy native is a big hit with gardeners and native wildlife.

It is a low-maintenance plant that grows well in most Australian climates and soils.

This gardening guide includes information on where to plant this native, care guidance, and comprehensive growing tips. Everything you need to know to successfully grow Grevillea ‘Dorothy Gordon’ in your garden is covered below.


Botanical name:

Grevillea ‘Dorothy Gordon’

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Introducing Grevillea ‘Dorothy Gordon’

Grevillea 'Dorothy Gordon' flower

Grevilleas are known by the common name spider flowers and are one of the largest groups of Australian native plants. Grevilleas come in many colours and sizes, from low ground covers to small trees. There are hundreds of different grevillea species to choose from. 

One of the nicest is Grevillea ‘Dorothy Gordon’. This large, evergreen, compact shrub grows to a height of 3m and spreads to a width of 2m. 

It has green-grey ferny foliage, with bronze-coloured new growth tips. This olive, almost blue-looking shrub will really pop when planted near plants with brighter green foliage. 

Grevillea ‘Dorothy Gordon’ is a hybrid between Grevillea sessilis and Grevillea paradoxa. They produce beautiful dark purple-pink flowers. Established Grevillea ‘Dorothy Gordon’ are drought tolerant plants

Grevillea ‘Dorothy Gordon’Flower

The good news is that Grevillea ‘Dorothy Gordon’ flowers intermittently for much of the year. It produces long spikes of attractive deep mauve-pink flowers. These two-toned pink and purple flowers are full of nectar and loved by native wildlife.

Growing Grevillea ‘Dorothy Gordon’

Ideal Soil and Location for Grevillea ‘Dorothy Gordon’

Like most grevilleas, Grevillea ‘Dorothy Gordon’ can grow well in a wide variety of soil types, and being natives are adapted to low nutrient Australian soils. No additional compost or fertiliser is normally required for this plant to thrive. 

The most important thing to look out for is to ensure that the soil, where you are planting the Grevillea ‘Dorothy Gordon’, is well-draining. It should be planted in a spot of the garden where it will get full sun. They can do okay in light shade but the degree to which the plant flowers will be impacted. Grevillea ‘Dorothy Gordon’ is a sun lover!

They grow quickly and are often used by gardeners as a showy screening plant to add some privacy and colour to the garden. Given the height to which this native can develop, it isn’t suitable for growing in a container pot. 

There are other species of grevillea better suited to container pots like Grevillea ‘John Evans’.

How to Care for Grevillea ‘Dorothy Gordon’

Growing Grevillea 'Dorothy Gordon'

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Grevillea ‘Dorothy Gordon’ is a hardy and low maintenance native plant. Water regularly until the plant is established. Once established, Grevillea ‘Dorothy Gordon’ rarely requires watering.

Give the plant an occasional long deep water during extended dry periods but otherwise, rainfall should be sufficient. Mulch around the root zone which will help retain water.  

Grevillea ‘Dorothy Gordon’ responds well to pruning. You will need to prune these native plants regularly to maintain a desired size and shaped plant. Grevillea ‘Dorothy Gordon’ should be trimmed at least 2-3 times a year. Trim regularly and avoid heavy pruning. 

These native plants are normally problem-free and are not typically impacted by pests and diseases. If you feel the plant needs a helping hand, make sure to only use a native fertiliser.

Now You Know How to Grow Grevillea ‘Dorothy Gordon’

Keeping Grevillea ‘Dorothy Gordon’ healthy and happy is easy. This is a quick-growing, low maintenance and drought tolerant native plant which will do well in sunny, well-drained sites. 

This hardy grevillea will produce a stunning display of flowers for most of the year, attracting lots of native animals, bees and other beneficial insects to your garden. 

Grevillea ‘Dorothy Gordon’ makes a great choice for Australian gardeners looking for an attractive screening plant or a showy feature plant in a native garden. Contact us if you have any questions about how to grow Grevillea ‘Dorothy Gordon’.

Last Updated on January 26, 2024

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Gary Clarke

Hi, I'm Gary Clarke, gardening enthusiast and former landscaper. I have had privilege of sharing my gardening knowledge at Aussie Green Thumb since early 2020.

I have a passion for using native Australian plants in Aussie gardens and I always try to promote growing fruit trees and vegetable gardens whenever possible.

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