What's Blooming at the Los Angeles County

November 2006
Page One

Ceiba (Chorisia) speciosa
Pink silk-floss tree
Bombaceae (Bombax family)
Brazil, Argentina
Strelitzia reginae
Bird of paradise
Strelitziaceae (Crane flower family)
South Africa

Encephalartos ferox
Zululand cycad
Zamiaceae (Zamia family)
South Africa
Eucalyptus torquata
Coral gum
(Myrtle family)

Alstroemeria hybrid
Alstroemeriaceae (Alstroemeria family)
Ceiba (Chorisia) insignis
White silk-floss tree
Bombaceae (Bombax family)
Peru, Argentina

Hemerocallis 'Russian Rhapsody'
Hemerocallidaceae (Hemerocallis family)
Hort. (Orig. East Asia)
Eremophila glabra
Smooth emu bush
Myoporaceae (Myoporum family)

Callistemon polandii
Gold-tipped bottlebrush
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Senna splendida
Golden wonder
(Pea family)
Brazil, Argentina

Passiflora 'Lavender Lady'
Passion flower
Passifloraceae (Passion flower family)
Heliotropium arborescens 'Album'
Garden heliotrope
Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not family)

Tagetes nelsonii
Citrus-scented marigold
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Indigofera suffruticosa
Fabaceae (Pea family)
West Indies

Stenocarpus sinuatus
Firewheel tree
Proteaceae (Protea family)
Eastern Australia
Loropetalum chinense 'Monraz'
Chinese fringe-flower
Hamamelidaceae (Witch-hazel family)
Japan, Southern China

Canna sp. cf. 'Yellow King Humbert'
Canna lily
Cannaceae (Canna family)
Hort. (Orig. Tropical America)
The Cannaceae is a monotypic family with only a single genus, Canna, which itself contains some 20 species distributed from southeastern North America through South America. Often called lilies, they are actually closely related to bananas and gingers, with wide leaves arising from rhizomes. Frequently grown in the form of ornamental hybrids, they are among the most extensively grown tropical bedding plants, and hundreds of named cultivars currently exist. The name comes from the Greek word kanna used for a type of reed. C. indica was the first species introduced into Europe and was imported from the West Indies, which accounts for the name 'indica.' The plants have been used as a very rich source of starch, its fibers have been used as a jute substitute and for making paper, a purple dye has been extracted from the seeds, and the plants have been fermented to make alcohol.

Zantedeschia aethiopica
White arum lily
(Arum family)
South Africa
Ajania pacifica (= Chrysanthemum
Pacific chrysanthemum
(Sunflower family)
Eastern Russian, Japan

Pentas lanceolata
Star clusters
(Madder family)
Tropical Africa, Arabia, Madagascar
Begonia cf. maculata
(Begonia family)

Justicia carnea
Brazilian plume flower
(Acanthus family)
Northern South America
Lycianthes rantonnetii
Blue potato bush
(Nightshade family)
Argentina and Paraguay

Globularia X indubia
Globe daisy
(Globe-daisy family)
Natural hybrid from the Canary Islands
Salvia leucantha
Mexican bush sage
Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Bougainvillea sp.
Nyctaginaceae (Four o'clock family)
Brazil to Peru and Argentina

Barleria obtusa
Bush violet
Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
South Africa
Coreopsis verticillata 'Zagreb'
Whorled tick-seed
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Southeastern U.S.

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