The Huntington Botanical Gardens

What's In Bloom

January 2006

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Species:  Euphorbia tirucalli

Common name:  Sticks on Fire

Family:  Euphorbiaceae

Region of Origin:  Tropical and South Africa

Location in Garden:  Outside the Desert Conservatory

Notes: Extremely toxic and should not be touched.

Species:  Mammillaria plujmosa series lasiancanthe

Family:  Cactaceae

Region of Origin:  Mexico

Location in Garden:  Desert Conservatory

Notes: Light pink flowers. Looks soft, but the spines are prickly.

 

Species:  Uncarina grandidieri

Family:  Pedaliaceae

Region of Origin:  Madagascar

Location in Garden:  Desert Conservatory

Notes: Yellow flowers with dark red center.

Species:  Neoporteria cephalophora

Family:  Cactaceae

Location in Garden:  Desert Conservatory

Notes: Magenta flowers

Species:  Espostoa ritteri

Family:  Cactaceae

Region of Origin:  Peru

Location in Garden:  Desert Conservatory

Notes: Named for the Peruvian botanist, Nicholas Esposto. In the wild these trichomes (that look like hair) protect the new growth and flower buds from herbivores and animals.

Species:  Cerochlamys pachyphylla

Family:  Aizoaceae

Region of Origin:  South Africa

Location in Garden:  Desert Conservatory

Notes: Lavender flowers

Species:  Dyckia marnier-lapostollei

Family:  Bromeliaceae

Region of Origin:  Brazil

Location in Garden: Desert Conservatory

Notes: Smal gold flowers. Silvery-grey foliage.

 

Species:  Aloe bainesii

Family:  Aloaceae

Region of Origin:  South Africa

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Rose-brown flowers. Tallest of all of the aloe species, reaching a height of 50 feet. Native to the woods and low-lying areas of South Africa where the annual rainfall reaches 60 inches a year. Planted in 1942 and 1951.

 

Species:  Aloe ciliaris

Common name:  Climbing Aloe

Family:  Aloeaceae

Region of Origin:  South Africa

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: One of the smallest aloes. Very shrubby.

Species:  Aloes

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: A wonderful display of aloes before you get to the Conservatory

Species:  Aloe wickensii var. lutea

Family:  Aloeaceae

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Yellow flowers

Species:  Agave attenuata

Family:  Agavaceae

Region of Origin:  Mexico

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Flowers start opening from the bottom of the flower stalk and work their way up

Species:  Lampranthus

Family:  Aizoaceae

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Lavender flowers

Species:  Aloe marlothii

Family:  Aloeaceae

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Orange/gold flowers. Large single-stemmed aloe with a horizontal branching pattern and numerous prickles on the upper and lower parts of the leaves.

Species:  Aloe cameronii

Family:  Aloeaceae

Region of Origin:  Central Africa

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Dark red leaves and flowers

Species:  Aloe x principis

Family:  Aloeceae

Region of Origin:  South Africa

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Red-orange flowers

Species:  Aeonium arboreum 'Atropurpureum'

Family:  Crassulaceae

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Dark leaves that look like flowers. The flowers are the mall yellow things between the leaves.

 

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