The Huntington Botanical Gardens

What's In Bloom

November 2005

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Species:  Pleiospilos simulans

Family:  Aizoaceae

Region of Origin:  South Africa

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Yellow flowers

 

Species:  Euphorbia tirucalli

Common name:  Sticks-on-Fire

Family:  Euphorbiaceae

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden, North of the Desert Conservatory

Notes: Can see this through the windows of the Conservatory. Quite toxic. Keep the milky sap away from your eyes.

Species:  Aloe schelpi

Family:  Aloeaceae

Region of Origin:  Ethiopia

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Red-orange flowers

Species:  Aloe rabaiensis

Family:  Aloeaceae

Region of Origin:  Zanzibar, Kenya

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Yellow flowers

 

Species:  Stapelia gigantea

Common name:  Carrion Flower, Starfish Flower

Family:  Asclepiadaceae

Region of Origin:  South Africa to Tanzania

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Pale ochre-yellow flowers with tiny crimson lines. Smells and attracts flies. Doesn't eat the bugs, just uses them for pollination. Lizards sit around waiting for the flies. Photo on the right shows the buds before they open up.

 

Species:  Plumeria acutifolia

Common name:  Frangipani, Temple Tree

Family:  Apocynaceae

Region of Origin:  Mexico

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Fragrant white flowers. Related to the oleander. You see a lot of these in Hawaii.

Species:  Sedum x rubrotinctum 'Aurora'

Family:  Crassulaceae

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Family has little star-shaped flowers.


Species:  Echeveria agavoides x E.colorata

Family:  Crassulaceae

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden


Species:  Hesperaloe parviflora

Family:  Agavaceae

Region of Origin:  New Mexico, Southwest U.S.

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Red flowers


Species:  Colletia paradoxa

Common name:  Crucifixion Thorn, Jet Plane Plant

Family:  Rhamnaceae

Region of Origin:  Southern Brazil, Uruguay

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: Fragrant flowers. Stems look like little jet planes. Be careful smelling the flowers because there are spines on the tips of the stems.

 

Species:  Chorisia insignis

Common name:  Floss Silk Tree

Family:  Bombacaceae

Region of Origin:  Peru

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden, along the road

Notes: White flowers with yellow throats

 

Species:  Sansevieria subspicata

Common name:  Bowstring Plant, Mother-in-Law's Tngue, Snake Plant

Family:  Agavaceae

Region of Origin:  South Africa

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: This is very popular for offices because it tolerates low light, but it doesn't bloom inside.

 

Species:  Dalea versicolor var. sessilis

Family:  Fabaceae

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden, Heritage Section

Notes: Purple flowers


Species:  Moraea

Family:  Iridaceae

Region of Origin:  South Africa

Location in Garden:  Desert Garden

Notes: This is a wildflower. Lavender flowers. Seed is generally spread by the birds, so it comes up in a variety of places. Not really a desert plant, but it does nicely there.

 

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