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

June 2007
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Hyssopus officinalis
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Chondropetalum tectorum
Cape reed
Restionaceae (Restio family)
South Africa

Asclepias fascicularis
Narrow-leaved milkweed
Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed family)
Western United States
Trichostema lanatum
Woolly blue curls
Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Calycanthus occidentalis
Spice bush
Calycanthaceae (Sweet-shrub family)
The Calycanthaceae, commonly called the spicebush or sweetshrub family, contains only four genera and about 11 species. It is in the order Laurales, a fairly ancient order with highly diverged morphology comprising seven families including the Calycanthaceae and the Lauraceae (laurel family). This family includes small trees and shrubs that bear essential oils and have opposite, leathery leaves and medium- to large-sized flowers that are solitary and terminal on short shoots. The flowers range in color from white to red and have undifferentiated perianth parts called tepals. The members of the family are distributed in temperate to subtropical. eastern Asia and North America. All species have aromatic bark, and fragrant flowers are also common. Some  Calycanthus species are grown for their ornamental value, and some contain an alkaloid similar to strychnine that is toxic to humans.

Scabiosa atropurpurea cultivar
Pincushion flower, Sweet scabious
Dipsacaceae (Teasel family)
Phygelius X rectus 'Moonraker'
Cape fuchsia
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)
South Africa

Cassia leptophylla
Gold medallion tree
Fabaceae (Pea family)
Southeast Brazil

Schotia afra
Boer bean
Fabaceae (Pea family)
Southeastern Africa

Currently unidentified

Dicliptera suberecta
Hummingbird plant, King's crown
Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Bouteloua gracilis
Mosquito grass
Poaceae (Grass family)
Southern and Western U.S.

Cornus sericea
American dogwood
Cornaceae (Dogwood family)
North America
Lychnis chalcedonica
Maltese cross
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)
Russia and Siberia to NW China

Koelreuteria paniculata
Golden rain tree
Sapindaceae (Soapberry family)
China, Korea

Syringa reticulata
Japanese tree lilac
Oleaceae (Olive family)
Pterocarya fraxinifolia
Caucasian wingnut (fruit)
Juglandaceae (Walnut family)
Caucasus, Iran

Grewia biloba
Bilobed grewia
Tiliaceae (Linden family)
China, Taiwan, Korea

Ligustrum sinense 'Crispa'
Chinese privet
Oleaceae (Olive family)
Hort. (Orig. China)
Beilschmiedia berteroana
Belloto del sur
Lauraceae (Laurel family)
Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia

Acacia sieberiana var. woodii
Paperbark thorn
Fabaceae (Pea family)
South Africa
Aloe distans
Jewelled aloe
Asphodelaceae (Asphodel family)
South Africa

Helichrysum petiolare 'Limelight'
Licorice plant
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
South Africa
Hosta sp.
Plantain lily
Liliaceae (Lily family)
China, Japan and Korea


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