The Huntington Botanical Gardens

What's In Bloom

December 2005

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Species:  Aloe petrophila

Family:  Aloeaceae

Region of Origin:  South Africa

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: The flowers produce copious amounts of nectar in their native habitat, where sunbirds are their primary pollinators. Here the pollinators are hummingbirds.

 

Species:  Euphorbia

Family:  Euphorbiaceae

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Yellow flowers, paired spines

 

Species:  Aloe dichotoma

Common name:  Quiver Tree

Family:  Aloeaceae

Region of Origin:  South Africa

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Tree aloe with yellow flowers

Species:  Moraea

Family:  Iridaceae

Region of Origin:  South Africa

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: South African wildflower; lavender

Species:  Cerochlamhys pachyphylla

Family:  Aizoaceae

Region of Origin:  South Africa

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Lavender/white flower

 

Species:  Aloe framesii

Family:  Aloeaceae

Region of Origin:  South Africa

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Orange/gold flowers

 

Species:  Calliandra californica

Common name:  California Fairy Duster

Family:  Fabaceae

Region of Origin:  Southern California to Arizona, New Mexico

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Small red stamen flowers

Species:  Opuntia microdasys

Family:  Cactaceae

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Crested. Fruit look like little strawberries.

Species:  Hechtia

Family:  Bromeliaceae

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Bright yellow/green leaves

 

Species:  Aloe arborescens

Family:  Aloeaceae

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden - Heritage Section

Notes: Yellow flower form

 

Species:  Aloe arborescens

Family:  Aloeaceae

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden - Heritage Section

Notes: Large planting on banks just beginning to bloom

 

Species:  Pittosporum phillyreoides

Common name:  Weeping Pittosporum, Desert Willow

Family:  Pittosporaceae

Region of Origin:  Australia

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden - Heritage Section

Notes: Orange berries

 

Species:  Euphorbia xantii

Family:  Euphorbiaceae

Region of Origin:  Baja

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden - Heritage Section

Notes: Fragrant flowers, mainly when it's warm. The flowers start white and go to pink.

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