Grevillea (Grevillea rosmarinifolia) is a classic example of the right plant in the wrong place. Originally from Australia, it is commonly found in gardens in Marahau, Nelson and Kaiteriteri, where it is prized for its pink flowers and long flowering period.
It is likely to have been brought into Torrent Bay village as a garden plant, but instead found the Park’s dry ridges more to its liking. The seeds are dispersed by wind and at Torrent Bay it has spread up to 2 km back into the bush, colonising bare ridges in particular. The Birdsong Trust has spent $40,000 controlling it in this area, with years of work still to do to bring this Aussie invader under control.
Please don’t select any Grevillea species to plant at your bach or near the Park’s boundaries.