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Wednesday 25 March, 2015
A special plant propagated especially for the Centenary of Anzac was launched today at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show by the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson.
Senator Ronaldson said the RSL Spirit of Anzac Grevillia was a distinctly Australian plant that would provide a sense of ‘home’ at international memorial events.
“The hardy, attractive shrub will be a floral tribute to the first major military action by Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli 100 years ago,” Senator Ronaldson said.
“The grevillea was cultivated by Perth’s Botanic Gardens and Parks Authorities, with the vibrant red colours serving as a reminder of the harsh realities of war and the bloodshed on the battlefields.