The Huntington Botanical Gardens

What's In Bloom

January 2006

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Species:  Kalanchoe marmorata

Common name:  Penwiper

Family:  Crassulaceae

Region of Origin:  E. Africa

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden, on the walkway to the Desert Conservatory

Notes: White Flowers. It is believed that the common name comes from the spots on the leaves that look like you've wiped a pen on them.

 

Species:  Kalanchoe marnieriana

Family:  Crassulaceae

Region of Origin:  Madagascar

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Red tubular flowers

Species:  Euphorbia milii

Family:  Euphorbiaceae

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Large red flower cultivar

Species:  Aloe marlothii, Alluaudia procera

Family:  Aloeaceae, Didieriaceae

Region of Origin:  Madagascar

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Alluauadia grows very tall and leaves go up in a spiral pattern. Note the heater in the picture. They go on when it's cold (at 40 degrees Farenheit) to protect the plants from Madagascar and the Canary Islands.

 

Species:  Crassula ovata

Common name:  Jade Plant, Dollar Plant, Chinese Rubber Plant, Japanese Rubber Plant

Family:  Crassulaceae

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: White flowers, pink flowers

 

Species:  Aloe capitata

Family:  Aloeaceae

Region of Origin:  Madagascar

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Orange-yellow flowers. Tubular flowers that hang down.

 

Species:  Billbergia nutans

Common name:  Friendship Plant

Family:  Bromeliaceae

Region of Origin: Brazil and Uruguay

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Pink bracts and yell0w-green flowers. This is one of the earliest bromeliads to be grown in California. It is known as the Friendship Plant because it is easy to give a slip to visiting friend and it will grow rapidly to form a large clump.

 

Species:  Aloe dichotoma

Common name:  Quiver Tree

Family:  Aloeaceae

Region of Origin:  S. Africa, Namibia

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Yellow flowers. Dochotoma refers to the branching pattern. The large tree along the main drive is over 70 years old. It was received as a seedling from the University of Stellenbach in South Africa.

Species:  Aeonium

Family:  Crassulaceae

Region of Origin:  Canary Islands

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Yellow flowers

Species:  Aloe branddraalensis

Family:  Aloeaceae

Region of Origin:  S. Africa

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Coral-red flowers

 

Species:  Agave dussiana

Family:  Agavaceae

Region of Origin:  Caribbean

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Has a trunk and leaves, with the flowering part going way up into the sycamore tree.

 

Species:  Abromeitiella brevifolia

Family:  Bromeliaceae

Region of Origin:  Argentina, Bolivia

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Tiny green tubular flowers. It grows in layers over itself. Leaves have sharp points.

 

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