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Plant ID Week Four Fun


Saturday’s Plant ID class at Strybing was cold and cloudy (not the best picture taking weather). Here are some of our favorites:

Rhododendron 'John McLaren'

While I’m not dying to have a Rhododendron in my personal collection o’plants, I do enjoy a nice blooming one. This sweet one is named after the builder of Golden Gate Park John McLaren.

Saucer Magnolia

Ummm… yeah the Magnolias are in bloom right now. Hurray for Spring in February!

Arbutus 'Marina'

The parental units of this guy are uncertain, but it’s most likely a relative to the native Arbutus menziesii (Pacific Madrone).

Gratuitous Moss Pic

Sometimes you just have to take pictures of moss and baby tears; especially on a cold grey day. Hopefully the sun will come out for next week’s class. Click here if you want to see the entire batch of plant ID pics.


  1. Must be a fun thing to do. The agapanthus (in yr other collection) looks a bit like mine i.e. all leaves, no flower! LOL. Thanks for sharing yr pics.

  2. Arbutus ‘Marina’ is my favorite tree. Hands down. Go Ericaceae!

  3. The Ericaceae’s rock! I’m hoping we don’t get rained out this Saturday.

  4. That’s it, I’m moving. You are seriously enrolled in a plant ID class???? Holy crap, I am missing out. Don’t be surprised if I start emailing you for advice on which neighborhood I can move to in order to be closer to all these amazing plant people!

  5. It’s true! You can take plant identification classes at City College here in SF. It’s only $100.00 or so for the semester ($26.00) a credit. I don’t know what we’re going to do when we’re done. I guess the Berkeley extension has some ID classes, Oakland’s Merritt College does too :) Work is their landscape design classes are the best.

  6. New reader, followed a link from Fern :) I had to do a double take on your gratuitous moss shot, because i JUST took an identical pic at the SF Botanical Gardens (In the fragrance garden section.).

    • That is awesome! Well, that moss shot was taken close to one of the main entrances. We have a plant ID class where we end up there about half the classes. Sounds like you are in SF. I love this town. Matti

  7. Ahhh that’s why it looked so familiar! Yes, I’m in the South Bay. I love that you’re taking a Plant ID class, I didn’t even know that existed, I’m going to look into it myself.

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