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SF Botanical Garden is Blazing

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Bomarea sp. - Climbing Alstroemeria

Bomarea sp. - Climbing Alstroemeria

Taking advantage of our warm weather here in SF, we headed to one of our GoTo spots for dazzling displays of color…the SF Botanical Garden at Strybing.  Speaking of gorgeous, this yellow bell-shape bloom above is a Bomarea species. It seems to meander in and out of the other cloud foresty shrubs while showing off its dense umbel of flowers.

Bomarea sp - Climbing Alstroemeria

Bomarea sp - Climbing Alstroemeria

Here’s another Bomarea buddy in a shade of reddish-orange. They have tuberous roots and belong to the Peruvian Lilly Family (Alstroemeriaceae).  Odd tidbit about Bomarea, the leaves are resupinate…that is, each leave twists from the base so that the top of the leaf is actually the underside.

Colletia ulicina - Cunco rojo

Colletia ulicina - Cunco Rojo

Colletia ulicina is another cloud forest bloomer found in Chile where locals call it Cunco Rojo. Those aren’t lime green leaves you’re seeing, they’re short spiny thorns…ouch. Oh…check it out, J.G. in S.F. has the sweet pic of Colletia ulicina. Wow!

Ribes - Currant

Ribes - Flowering Currant

Ahh, the Ribes are starting to pop…Cactus Jungle has a recent pic.  It’s a sure sign that spring is just around the corner.

Roldana chapalensis - Groundsel
Roldana chapalensis – Groundsel

Roldana chapalensis is an intriguing shrub.  Frankly, I can’t remember ever seeing it before, but the large-scale blooms and odor caught my attention.  It had one of those guilty pleasure scents…I thought it smelled a little off, but couldn’t stop sniffing it.

Puya coerulea var. violacea - Dark Purple Puya

Puya coerulea var. violacea - Dark Purple Puya

The succulent section was looking glam.  These Puya coerulea var. violacea (Dark Purple Puya) were standing proud with their stiff, sharp and silver leaf blades.

Agave parryi var. parryi mescal and friends

Agave parryi var. parryi mescal and friends

Can’t get enough of this Agave parryi var. parryi mescal (on the bottom right).  Yes, the drought tolerant peeps are looking lush.

Wollemia nobilis - Wollemia Pine

Wollemia nobilis - Wollemia Pine

Okay, we’ve searched a couple times at Strybing looking for this Wollemia nobilis…aka the Wollemia Pine.  Well, we finally found it!  Yeah, we could have asked for directions, but that takes all the fun out of it.  BTW, the Wollemia Pine is pretty rare.  Check out an early post of one we found in the East Bay.

NOID

NOID

One last adorable show of color during our hike.  We couldn’t find an ID for it, but thought somebody probably knows what it is.  Any guesses on this purple bloomer?   Before we forget, Strybing is having a plant sale this Saturday Feb 11, great time to load up.

– Far Out Flora

17 Comments

  1. thanks for the new plants i never knew existed, like Bomarea.

  2. I think the last photo might be of an Isopogon?
    So psyched you cast a spotlight on what I like to think of as “the lesser colletia” – ulicina! Such spectack blossoms! It’s like one cousin got the showy form (paradoxa), while the other got the boom-boom bloom.

  3. PS, the Wollemia pic’s the best!

  4. Your photo of SFBG’s fabled yellow Bomarea is particularly sublime.

    The last photo is of Isopogon formosus

  5. Wonderful photos, thanks for taking us! What a great place.

  6. I predict that I’m about to go on a Bomarea binge.

  7. Like other commenters, I’d never seen Bomarea before. Really cool.

  8. Beautiful tour of the Botanical Garden. And thanks for the tip about today’s plant sale. I love that they say they will subtract the admission price from the price of the plants purchased at the sale. I’m still bitter about having to pay to stroll the arboretum since we moved to the east bay. Don’t my previous decade of SF residency count for anything?? (nope! ;)

  9. OHHHHH… A Woolemi! So awesome!!! Great photos, as always. And that’s one awesome Puya there!!

  10. hello Matti, i am new here, just seen your blog. The plants here are so beautiful and the photos great. I am sure I will be coming more often. May I know what is that cycas in the 2nd to the last photo? Thanks.

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