GardenWeek Virtual Visits February 22, 2000

Editor's Journal: Stonecrop

It is starting to look like spring in the Conservatory with a number of unusual tender shrubs leading the way along with a few vines and perennials. And yes, the Veltheimia bracteatas may finally bloom--check back! Continue.

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One of about 100 species of the genus, all are native to Australia. Wonderful soft blue flowers with gold spots in the white throat. A member of the Labiatae family.
Prostranthera nivea
Camellia x williamsii 'Jury's Yellow'
A creamy yellow ruffled center group of petals is surrounded by six longer white petals. Camellias are native to Asia and members of the Theaceae family.
A bushy evergreen shrub with dark green leaves and tight rounded clusters of white flowers from December to April. A member of the Carpifoliaceae family native to southeast Europe.
Viburnum tinus
Ribes laurifolium
Flowers tinged with green for this Chinese member of the Grossulariaceae family. In the same genus as the Currant and Gooseberry, it has red berries that turn black.
A member of the Cornaceae family from Japan, this male plant does not have berries.
Aucuba japonica 'Variegata'
Jasminum humile 'Revolutum'
A member of the Oleaceae family native to southeast Europe and known as Italian Jasmine, this fragrant climbing shrub blooms from early spring to late fall.
The tiny red flowers of another Aucuba, this one is native to the Himalayas.
Aucuba himalaica
Melianthus comosus
A member of the Melianthaceae family, this leggy shrub, native to South Africa, grows by streams. The genus is from "meli" meaning honey and "anthos" meaning flower--calyces are full of a black ink blob of nectar.
Leguminosae Western Australia Holly Flame Pea bi-colored orange and purplish flowers
Chorizema cordata
Echiveria sp. and Aeonium sp.
The flowers of an Echeveria in front of the foliage of an Aeonium.
The flower stems on the potted Veltheimia bracteatas in the Conservatory are slowly getting longer. Perhaps they will be in bloom on our next visit in March. A member of the Liliaceae family from South Africa
Velthemia bracteata
Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve'
A member of the Cruciferae family with greyish leaves and clusters of purple flowers with a fabulous scent.
This member of the Oxidalidaceae family from Brazil has subtly patterned extraordinarily dark leave.
Oxalis triangularis
Oxalis obtusa
South Africa from "oxys" meaning acid--the sap has an acidic taste
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