Wildflowers of
Southern California
Flora of
Wildflowers of
Flora of
South Africa
Aloes of the
Huntington Gardens
Mike's Favorite
Wildflower Photos

What's Blooming at the Los Angeles County

May 2007
Page One

Once a year the Arboretum hosts the Los Angeles Garden Show, and the lawns are transformed as though by magic. Dozens of tents sprout up featuring displays and plants for sale. Thousands of people arrive and spend all or part of a weekend just browsing the booths, enjoying botanical art, listening to discussions, and getting ideas for their home gardens from the amazing displays. This year the new Madagascar garden is open, and the Arboretum is at its most glorious. If you didn't get a chance to visit the show, make a note for next year.

Calodendron capense
Cape chestnut
Rutaceae (Rue family)
South Africa
Phragmipedium longifolium
Slipper orchid
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Costa Rica to Ecuador

Heliconia sp.
False bird of paradise
Heliconiaceae (Heliconia family)
American tropics, Southern Asia and
Pacific Islands
Echinopsis subdenudatus
Easter lily cactus
Cactaceae (Cactus family)

Cymbidium 'Sir Galahad'
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Brassia lawrenceana
Spider orchid
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Tropical America

Crassula conjuncta
Baby's necklace
Crassulaceae (Stonecrop family)
South Africa

Hoodia sp.
No common name recorded
Southern Africa

Carpenteria californica
Tree anenome
Hydrangeaceae (Hydranga family)
Central California
Rhus lentii
Pink-flowering sumac
Anacardiaceae (Sumac family)
Mexico and Baja California

Ilex paraguariensis
Yerba mate
Aquifoliaceae (Holly family)
Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil
The Aquifoliaceae or holly family is a small family with only a single genus, Ilex, but that genus contains about 600 species of woody shrubs and trees distributed almost worldwide with the exception of Australasia and western North America, and rare in Africa. The family takes its name from Aquifolium, which was the classical name for the holly. The leaves in this family are typically alternate, simple, stipulate and often spiny-margined or toothed. The flowers are in various types of inflorescences, but are all radially symmetric with 4-7 distinct or basally connate sepals and petals. The fruits are drupes or berries. Most of the family members are evergreen but some are seasonally decidious, and most species are pollinated by insects, most commonly bees. Fossil pollen identified as holly has been found dating back to the Upper Cretaceous period. The bright reddish berries makes them popular ornamentals.

Santolina chamaecyparissus
Lavender cotton, Cotton lavender
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Spain, Dalmatia, North Africa
Quercus suber
Cork oak
Fagaceae (Oak family)
S. Europe, N. Africa, Spain

Prostanthera rotundifolia
Round-leaved mintbush
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Eastern Australia
Psoralea pinnata
Scurfy pea
Fabaceae (Pea family)
South Africa

Penstemon centranthifolius
Scarlet bugler, Beardtongue
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)
California and Baja
Viburnum plicatum 'Mariesii'
Japanese snowball
Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)
China and Japan

Valeriana officinalis
Garden heliotrope, True valerian
Valerianaceae (Valerian family)
Western Europe

Reevesia thyrsoidea
Thyrse-flowered reevesia
Sterculiaceae (Cacao family)
South China, Java
Lycium chinense
Matrimony bush
Solanaceae (Nightshade family)
Temperate East Asia

Rhododendron 'Shugetsu'
Autumn moon azalea
Ericaceae (Heath family)
Albizia julibrissin
Persian silk tree, Mimosa
(Pea family)
Japan, Western Asia

Gardenia stenophylla
No common name recorded
Rubiaceae (Madder family)
Hainan Island
Clematis viticella 'Polish Spirit'
Italian clematis
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)

Cistus crispus 'Santa Cruz'
Wrinkled leaf rock-rose
Cistaceae (Rock-rose family)
Leucophyllum frutescens
Texas ranger
Texas, Mexico


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