Far Out Flora

September Strybing


Bomarea caldasii

It’s been over a month since we were last at the SF Botanical Garden, so we headed up last Sunday afternoon in the fog. I was hoping to see some nice Meso-American Cloud Forest action, and was sweetly rewarded. I have no idea why we don’t have a Bomarea planted out back. I think I’m secretly afraid they’re finicky, but in reality they don’t seem that tough to keep alive. One would be right at home in Fuchsialand out back. There’s a trellis with a half-dead sweet pea and sad looking, heat/sun deprived pitiful Mina lobata that could use a new plant.

Foxy Fuchsia boliviana

The Fuchsia bolivianas were going nuts. Huge trees are covered in blooms which means I’ll most likely be hanging out near these fabulous plants next Saturday from 1:30-3:30 at my Interpretive Station as a docent. Wanna be a docent? Get more info and sign up for the upcoming fall training class here.  It’s a fun way to learn more about plants.

Deppea splendens

Just a short stroll down from Fuchsiaville is a Deppea splendens getting ready to bloom like crazy. It’s covered with buds. Anyone know if there’s another Deppea besides this guy? I’ll most likely be setting up my Interpretive Station very near this plant on September 24th from 11:30-1:30 for the show.

Geranium 'Rozanne'

I have to admit, I didn’t understand what the all the fuss about this plant was for earlier this spring at Annie’s (there are a bunch available right now). Customers were getting into fist fights for the few we had available. Well, maybe not that extreme. I get it now. I’ve been watching a mass that’s been blooming its head off for months now. It’s impressive.

Haemanthus coccineus

At first I thought someone had thrown some trash in this bed, but it was really full of fiery little red flowers. They’re cute little South African natives related to the Naked Lady pictured below.

Amaryllis belladonna

Eucomis bicolor

Eriogonum giganteum

We took a little stroll through the California native section where we caught this ginormous Erigonum giganteum going crazy.

Eriogonum grande var. rubescens

The little native/dry section in front of the County Fair Building is starting to fill in. To check out baby pictures of this garden check out our post from last October when it was first installed. All our pics from Strybing are right here on flickr.






  1. i’ve been wanting to ask for a long time, and since you mentioned the word trellis, do hoyas thrive like the aeoniums and other cool stuff you have planted?

  2. These flowers are so amazing! Do all these are from your garden?

    • We have a ton of plants in our small garden space, but all these beauties are from the botanical garden just up the road from us. The thought…if it can handle growing there…it should work for us too. Matti

  3. Good question! Looks like it’s a little too chilly for most of them. I did see a zone 10 one though, but most were 11. We’re nursing back a loser one from Matti’s work right now.

  4. Lots of other Deppea in the Garden – check the Plant Finder on our home page for more info – just search Deppea :)
    Saw this crazy plant nerd bible online too: http://www.theplantlist.org/browse/A/Rubiaceae/Deppea/

    • I was so excited when I saw this one, I didn’t even notice the whole side of the path is planted with them. I’m going to start calling it: Csapodya splendens (not really, but that’s what it’s also listed as on the nerd site).

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