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Editor's Journal: Stonecrop

Bulbs are coming up everywhere outside and the Woodland is coming alive--but the show continues nonstop in the Conservatory. A wonderfully magenta Cantua, a huge Echium, two different yellow Clivias, a hybrid genus and one of its parents--both from the Ericaceae family--another Azara, a unique Pelargonium, just about the only Mexican shrub that can be grown in the London area, and more. Continue.

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A member of the Polemoniaceae family native to the Andes of Peru, Bolivia, and northern Chile, this arching evergreen shrub has brilliant magenta flowers.
Cantua buxifolia
Echium candicans
Known as Pride of Madeira, this shrub a member of the Boraginaceae family, not surprisingly native to Madeira, has also become the "Pride of Stonecrop"--this plant has literally grown through its pot, become rooted in the ground and is now tremendous!
A rare yellow Clivia. A member of the Amaryllidaceae family from South Africa, the genus is named after a Duchess of Northumberland.
Clivia
Clivia
And another different rare yellow Clivia.
This is the only species of a hybrid genus--a cross of Phyllodoce x Kalmiopsis--which is shown blooming to the right. The delicate pink bell-like flowers do not quite open fully and have a wonderful "pinched" look.
x Phylliopsis 'Sugar Plum'
Kalmiopsis leachiana 'Umpqua Valley'
The genus means "Kalmia-like" and this Oregon native, the only species of the genus, is a member of the Ericaceae family.
Native to Chile as is A. petiolaris shown on February 14 with its flower clusters hanging down, the flowers on this species face up.
Azara dentata
Pelargonium violareum
A distinctive Pelargonium from the dry rocky slopes of South Africa--the lower petals are white and the upper petals raspberry colored with white stiples are dark at the base.
A member of the Rutaceae family from Mexico, the Mexican Orange Blossom has fragrant waxy white flowers and bright green leaves made up of three leaflets.
Choisya ternata
Choisya ternata
And for those of you living near London, this is one of the few Mexican shrubs hardy in your area!
The South African bulbs continue to bloom in the Conservatory. This species with pale peach flowers is a member of the Iridaceae family.
Tritonia lineata
Cyrtanthus sp.
A member of the Amaryllidaceae family--and another South African native blooming in the Conservatory.
The winter blooming evergreen Buddleja shown on January 10 is still blooming. Native to the East Indies and a member of the Loganiaceae family.
Buddleja asiatica
Alyogyne huegelii
A member of the Malvaceae family from Southern Australia, this shrub known as the Blue Hibiscus has bluish purple Mallow-like flowers and hairy lobed leaves
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