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 Two

Salvia involucrata
Roseleaf sage
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Malus sikkimensis
Crab apple
Rosaceae (Rose family)

Rhus sylvestris
Woodland sumac
Anacardiaceae (Sumac family)
China, Japan, Korea
Salvia sp.
Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Calibanus hookeri
Mexican boulder
Agavaceae (Agave family)

Kalanchoe pumila
Dwarf purple kalanchoe, Frosty pink
Crassulaceae (Stonecrop family)
The Crassulaceae or stonecrop family is a  medium-sized  family which has representatives everywhere except Australia and the islands of the western Pacific. It contains  between 1200 and 1400 species in about 35 genera. Its greatest center of diversity is South Africa, and its major characteristic is its succulent foliage which is designed to store water in dry and or cold areas. Many of the family members have weird appearances, and are quite popular in the horticultural trade and in home landscaping. The largest genus is Sedum which inhabits mostly temperate areas and tropical mountains. Crassula ovata (aka jade plant) is one of the best known family members. Because they often are native in stony soils, they are especially well suited to rock gardens. The flowers though small are often quite lovely. Other familiar members are Dudleya, Aeonium, and Echeveria. They have little economic importance.

Vitis sp.
Vitaceae (Grape family)

Gerbera jamesonii
Transvaal daisy
Asteraceae (Sunflower)
South Africa
Aloe karasbergensis
(Syn. Aloe striata ssp. karasbergensis)
Coral aloe
Asphodelaceae (Asphodel family)
South Africa

Fraxinus ornus
Flowering ash
Oleaceae (Olive family)
Southern Europe, Asia Minor
Kalanchoe blossfeldiana
Madagascar widows
Crassulaceae (Stonecrop family)

Corokia X virgata 'Cheesemanii'
(C. cotoneaster X C. buddleioides)
Grossulariaceae (Goosefoot family)
New Zealand
Thunbergia natalensis
Dwarf thunbergia
Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
South Africa

Aloe massawana
No common name recorded
Asphodelaceae (Asphodel family)
Ethiopia, Tanzania
Currently unidentified

Gardenia globosa
September bells, Bell gardenia
Rubiaceae (Madder family)
South Africa
Halleria lucida
Tree fuchsia
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)
Tropical Africa

Acacia giraffae
Camel thorn
Fabaceae (Pea family)
South Africa, Zimbabwe

Acacia visco
Fabaceae (Pea family)

Betula turkestanica
Turkestan birch
Betulaceae (Birch family)
Central Asia
Ilex latifolia
Luster leaf holly
Aquifoliaceae (Holly family)
Eastern China, Japan

Lonicera maackii
Amur honeysuckle
Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)
Manchuria, Korea
Liquidambar formosana
Chinese liquidambar, Formosa gum
Hamamelidaceae (Witch-hazel family)
Southern China, Taiwan, N. Vietnam

Viburnum propinquum
Chinese viburnum
Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)
Verbesina felgeri
Felger crownbeard
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)


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