GardenWeek Virtual Visits February 14, 2000

Editor's Journal: Stonecrop

The stems on the Velthemia bracteata are getting longer--although it looks like it will still be a while before they bloom--perhaps finally in March! For now, we have three very blue flowering plants, two yellow flowering Coronillas, a Tibouchina relative, two really primitive plants with their flowers appearing to grow out of the midribs of their leaves and more.

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A cultivar of the pungent herb, Rosemary, with very blue flowers. A member of the Labiatae from Southern Europe and Asia Minor.
Rosmarinus 'Lockwood Deforest'
Loropetalum sp.
A small tender evergreen shrub with clusters of flowers each of which consists of four strap-like petals is just starting to bloom. A member of the Hamamelidaceae family from China.
The Jape Plant--which can grow to the size of a shrub or small tree--has thick succulent leaves at times edged with red and clusters of pinkish flowers with five petals.A member of the Crassulaceae family from South Africa.
Crassulata ovata
Centradenium grandiflora
This small shrub from Mexico and Central America is a member of the Melasomataceae family--the family which includes Tibouchina and Medinilla.
A member of the Lythraceae from tropical America, this is our third Cuphea sighting at Stonecrop--see also Cuphea cyanaea on July 15 and Cuphea 'David Verity' on September 14.
Cuphea cordata
Daphne odorata 'Aureomarginata'
A member of the Thymelaceae family from China and Japan, this evergreen shrub with narrow leaves irregularly edged with pale yellow has clusters of fragrant small purplish pink flowers.
The Grape-Leaved Pelargonium, a member of the Geraniaceae family from South Korea, has just started to bloom.
Pelargonium vitifolia
Crocus chrysanthus 'Gypsy Girl'
A member of the Iridaceae family from Greece and Asia Minor, these golden Crocuses are striped with purple on the outside.
The bright blue Blue Marguerite is a member of the compositae family from South Africa.
Felicia amelloides
Echium vulgare
The third blue flower of the page, this biennial is a member of the Boraginaceae from Europe and Britain.
A dense evergreen shrub native to Southern Europe with yellow flowers. Member of the Leguminosae family.
Coronilla valentina ssp. glauca
Coronilla glauca variegata
This Coronilla--also from Southern Europe has variegated leaves and is even more decorative than the species on the left.
Known as the Butcher's Broom, this primitive plant is a member of the Liliaceae family. The tiny star shaped flowers growing out of the midribs of the leaves will be followed by round red fruits.
Ruscus aculeatus
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