August 2018

Long days of summer sunshine are intense in the arid collections. Colorful blossoms can be found throughout the Garden.

Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia diversifolia) – Patio Garden

Tithonia diversifolia

Lemon-scented Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) – Western Australia Natives

Carrion Plant (Stapelia grandifolora) – Desert Garden

Stapelia grandifolora

Devil Tree (Alstonia venenata) – Subtropical Woodlands

Alstonia venenata

Dwarf Organpipe Cactus (Stenocereus littoralis) – Desert Garden

Stenocereus littoralis

Pineapple Lily (Eucomis comosa) – “Lilies”

Eucomis comosa

Primrose Tree (Lagunaria pattersonii) – Near the Nest

Lagunaria pattersonii

Moreton Bay Chestnut (Castanospermum australe) – on Hilgard, outside the fence

Castanospermum australe

Dwarf Bauhinia (Bauhinia natalensis) – Tiverton Fence

Bauhinia natalensis

Tree ocotillo (Fouquieria macdougalii) – Desert Garden

Fouquieria macdougalii

July 2018

Many tropical and desert plants are blooming. A very unusual thunderstorm graced the garden this month, as well as an intense heat wave.

Chinese St. John’s Wort (Hypericum monogynum) – Near The Nest

Hypericum monogynum

Upright prairie coneflower (Ratibida columnifera) – Backyard Exploration Garden

Ratibida columnifera

Baja spurge (Euphorbia xanti) – Desert Garden

Euphorbia xanti

Common myrtle (Myrtus communis) – Near Bromeliads

Myrtus communis

Climbing Lily (Gloriosa modesta) – Lily Garden

Gloriosa modesta

Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet) – The Stream

Alpinia zerumbet

Desert willow (Chilopsis linearis) – Desert Garden

Chilopsis linearis

Coast Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus viridescens) – Desert Garden

Ferocactus viridescens

Brazilian Orchid tree (Bauhinia forficata) – Pavilion Garden

Bauhinia forficata

African Lily (Agapanthus africanus) – The Stream

Agapanthus africanus

June 2018

June is marked by Jacarandas turning the city of Los Angeles into a bright blossom of blue and purple! Matilija poppies are standing tall in the Southern California Natives collection.

Lavender cotton (Santolina chamaecyparissus) – Mediterranean Ecosystem

Santolina chamaecyparissus

Matilija poppy (Romneya coulteri) – Southern California Natives

Romneya coulteri

Blue jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia) – Subtropical woodlands

Jacaranda mimosifolia

Fortnight Lily (Dietes grandiflora) – “Lillies”

Dietes grandiflora

Mock Orange (Pittosporum tobira) – Backyard Exploration

Pittosporum tobira

Poison bulb (Crinum asiaticum) – Patio Garden

Crinum asiaticum

Drooping Prickly pear (Opuntia monacantha) – Desert Garden

Opuntia monacantha

Silky Net Bush (Calothamnus villosus) – Western Australia Natives

Calothamnus villosus

Hawaiian Prickly poppy (Argemone glauca) – Hawaiian Natives

Argemone glauca

Green pinwheel (Aeonium decorum) – Desert Garden

Aeonium decorum