Grevillea Royal Mantle is a hardy native and a wonderful ground cover. It works well to cover a rockery or if you need to cover an embankment. Wildlife absolutely adores this shrub so you’ll have some natural visitors to your garden too. Let's find out more about this Grevillea variety below.
Grevillea Poorinda Royal Mantle
Up to .5 metres tall and 6 metres wide
Full sun to partial shade
Bronze/red new growth that becomes green
Winter to late spring in abundance, but blooms throughout the year
Poisonous for pets:
Introducing Grevillea Royal Mantle
The Grevillea Poorinda Royal Mantle is just one of many Poorinda cultivars that were introduced during the 1970s and 1980s. The name Poorinda comes from a property in Gippsland, Victoria, that belonged to Leo Hodge.
He was the creator of various hybrids of Grevillea. The name comes from an aboriginal word and means ‘light’. If you have a low wall that needs some of nature’s decorating, the Grevillea Royal Mantle will look great draped over it.
The shrub flowers throughout the year, but its most generous blooms are during winter and spring. If the Grevillea Royal Mantle is grown in full sun, you should enjoy an abundance of red flowers that are toothbrush shaped. When the new leaves emerge, they are a brilliant shade of brown, bronze and red.
Grevillea Royal Mantle is able to grow down very steep banks, and offers generous coverage that spreads quickly. The shrub can achieve a maximum spread of up to 6 metres. You’ll find this lovely shrub growing in most parts of Australia. It is both drought and frost tolerant.
For our full list of Grevillea varieties, check out our main Grevillea post.
How to Grow Grevillea Royal Mantle
Propagating Grevillea Poorinda Royal Mantle
Grevillea Royal Mantle can be propagated from seed or from semi-hardwood cuttings.
Caring for Grevillea Royal Mantle
Grevillea Royal Mantle enjoys growing in full sun but will also do well in partial shade.
Grevillea Royal Mantle doesn’t need much water once it’s established. Our recommendation is to water your shrub for the first 2 or 3 months until it has settled.
Your Grevillea Royal Mantle requires a well-draining soil like clay loam or sand. The pH can be neutral to acidic. You can add some leaf matter and mulch around the roots.
Pruning of your Grevillea Royal Mantle is as required to keep it in shape. Whatever maintenance you are doing, try not to disrupt the shrub’s roots.
We recommend giving your Grevillea Royal Mantle an application of fertiliser in spring and summer. You can use a good quality slow release native fertiliser when you see the buds starting to form.
Give plenty of water after the feed to avoid burning the leaves. Also remember that Grevilleas are sensitive to phosphorus so ensure a ratio under 3%.
Grevillea Royal Mantle Pests and Diseases
Grevilleas in general don’t struggle too much with disease or pests. If there is anything to look out for, it would be a fungal disease. The main ones that could affect a Grevillea are leaf spot, Armillaria root rot, cinnamon fungus, and sooty mould.
Grevillea Royal Mantle Frequently Asked Questions
As a hybrid cultivar, what were the parent plants used to create Grevillea Royal Mantle?
Grevillea laurifolia from NSW and Grevillea willisii from Victoria.
What is Grevillea Royal Mantle most commonly used for in gardening?
This type of Grevillea is great for erosion control and is well planted on a slope or as a groundcover under other shrubs and trees.
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Have Fun Growing Grevillea Royal Mantle
Grevillea Royal Mantle is an incredibly popular cultivar and much loved for its eye-catching leaves and brush shaped flowers, as well as its usefulness and hardiness. Grevillea Royal Mantle was one of many cultivars of its kind released in the 1980s and is one of the longest lasting and most loved.