The Huntington Botanical Gardens

What's In Bloom

January 2006

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Species:  Citrus aurantium 'Chinotto'

Common name:  Chinotto Orange Tree

Family:  Rutaceae

Location in Garden:  Herb Garden, Confection Bed

Notes: Very slow grower. Also planted in front of the Boone Gallery. Fruit is used in Europe for candy making. The pulp and juice are sweet but the skin has a high oil content and is bitter.

Species:  Stachys officinalis

Common name:  Betony

Family:  Lamiaceae

Location in Garden:  Herb Garden, Medicinal Bed

Notes: Pink flowers. Provides a tea substitute and an infusion is mildly sedative and cleansing and is a nerve and circulation tonic for migraines, anxiety and indigestion in the herbal medicine world. Wood betony was an Anglo Saxon protective charm.

Species:  Leucojum aestivum

Common name:  Summer Snowflake

Family:  Amaryllidaceae

Location in Garden:  Shakespeare Garden

Notes: White bell-shaped flowers. In mild winter areas the plants bloom from late fall into the wintertime.

Species:  Ageratum houstonianum

Common name:  Floss Flower

Family:  Asteraceae

Location in Garden:  Shakespeare Garden

Notes: Blue flowers

Species:  Echinops

Common name:  Globe Thistle

Family:  Asteraceae

Location in Garden:  Shakespeare Garden

Notes: Light blue round flowers

Species:  Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'

Common name:  Honeywort

Family:  Boraginaceae

Location in Garden:  Shakespeare Garden

Notes: Very rich in nectar and attracts the honey bees. This is a Mediterranean annual that self seeds. Its bracts and upper leaves are purplish blue and it looks as if it has been dipped in blue dye.

 

Species:  Perovskia

Common name:  Russian Sage

Family:  Lamiaceae

Location in Garden:  Shakespeare Garden

Notes: Blue-purple flowers. Note the temperature and soil moisture monitor in the left-hand photo.

 

Species:  Asclepias tuberosa

Common name:  Butterfly Weed

Family:  Asclepiadaceae

Location in Garden:  Shakespeare Garden

Notes: Flowers attract the butterflies and the foliage is eaten by the larvae.

 

Species:  Duranta erecta/Persicaria microcephala 'Red Dragon'

Common name:  Sky Flower, Pigeon Berry/

Family:  Verbenaceae/Polygonaceae

Location in Garden:  Shakespeare Garden

Notes: Photo on right is the close-up of the Duranta. Note the praying mantis in this picture. See below for the close-up of the Persicaria.

Species:  Persicaria microcephala 'Red Dragon'

Family:  Polygonaceae

Location in Garden:  Shakespeare Garden

Notes:

Species:  Alternanthera bettzichiana

Common name:  Calico Plant, Jacob's Coat

Family:  Amaranthaceae

Location in Garden:  Shakespeare Garden

Notes: Colorful leaves. Note the flower in the center.

 

Species:  Erica canaliculata

Common name:  Heath

Family:  Ericaceae

Location in Garden:  Shakespeare Garden

Notes: Rosy-pink flowers. Frequently called Heather, but it is not. According to the history of the garden, this lined both sides of the North Vista at one time.

Species:  Euryops pectinatus

Family:  Asteraceae

Region of Origin:  South Africa

Location in Garden:  Shakespeare Garden

Notes: Yellow flowers

Species:  Erica carnea

Common name:  Winter Heath

Family:  Ericaceae

Region of Origin:  Europe

Location in Garden:  Shakespeare Garden

Notes: Rose-pink flowers

 

Species:  Chasmanthe floribunda

Family:  Iridaceae

Region of Origin:  South Africa

Location in Garden:  Shakespeare Garden

Notes: Red-orange flowers

 

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