Wildflowers of
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Flora of
Wildflowers of
Flora of
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Aloes of the
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Mike's Favorite
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What's Blooming at the Los Angeles County

April 2007
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Yucca whipplei
Chaparral yucca, Our Lord's candle
Liliaceae (Lily family)
Southwestern U.S. and Baja
Cymbidium cultivar
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Hort. (Orig. Asia)

Pelargonium citronellum 'Mabel Grey'
Mabel Grey lemon geranium
Geraniaceae (Geranium family)
South Africa
Heuchera americana 'Green Spice'
Rock geranium
Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage family)
North America

Armoracia rusticana
Horseradish, Red cole
Brassicaceae (Mustard family)
Southern Europe
Linum lewisii
Western blue flax
Linaceae (Flax family)
Western U.S. and Mexico

Penstemon heterophyllus
Foothill penstemon
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)
Western U.S.
The Scrophulariaceae or figwort family is a large family of herbs and shrubs containing around 275 genera and 5000 species, and inhabiting areas from sea level to the tops of mountains from wetlands to deserts in mostly temperate areas. Currently the family is in a state of revision due to molecular studies, and may be radically different in the near future. The flowers have 5 sepals and 5 petals and the corolla is bilabiate. The fruit is most often a capsule and occasionally a berry. The family takes it name from genus Scrophula which in turn was named in 1474 by an Italian physician who noticed the resemblance between the rhizomal knobs of some species and the tubercular condition of human lymph nodes called scrophula. Some species in this family are root parasites like Castilleja and Orthocarpus, and the family includes monkeyflowers, snapdragons, penstemons, paintbrushes and digitalis.

Eryngium sp.
Apiaceae (Carrot family)
Liquidambar styraciflua 'Festival'
Liquidambar, Sweet gum
Hamamelidaceae (Witch-hazel family)
Hort. (Orig. Eastern U.S.)

Cotinus coggygria
Anacardiaceae (Sumac family)
Southern Europe to Central China

Cotoneaster wardii
Bai mao xun zi
Rosaceae (Rose family)
East Asia, Southeast Tibet

Jasminum humile
Italian jasmine
Oleaceae (Olive family)
Middle East to China
Punica granatum 'Mme. Legrelle'
Dwarf pomegranate
Punicaceae (Pomegranate family)
Mediterranean to Afghanistan

Helichrysum italicum
Curry plant
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Southwestern Europe
Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'
Purple fountain grass
Poaceae (Grass family)
Hort. (Orig. Tropical Africa and Asia)

Callicarpa formosana
Verbenaceae (Verbena family)
Sprekelia formosissima
Aztec lily, Jacobean lily, St. James lily
Amaryllidaceae (Amaryllis family)
Central and South America

Aesculus turbinata
Japanese horse-chestnut
Hippocastanaceae (Horse-chestnut family)

Paliurus spina-christi
Christ thorn
Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn family)
Spain to Central Asia
Sorbus aria 'Edulis'
Rosaceae (Rose family)
Hort. (Orig. Europe)

Sophora davidii
Shrub pagoda
Fabaceae (Pea family)
Antirrhinum sp.
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)
Temperate northern hemisphere

Thymus pulegioides
Cocoanut thyme
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Oxalis sp.
Oxalidaceae (Wood-sorrel family)

Olea europaea
Common olive
Oleaceae (Olive family)
Southern Europe


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