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Plants12 Jan 2013 09:39 am


Brighamia insignis is a very rare and endangered plant from Hawaii. However it has recently become a bit more common in the nursery trade, so not quite so rare and unusual as a few years ago. This particular specimen is quite lovely, don’t you think? A very full head of leaves. There is a trunk too, I wonder what it looks like?

Oh, so that’s what it looks like. You can see the spots on the trunk where the old leaves fell off. I wonder if there’s a name for that?

Brighamia insignis

So what more do we know about this plant?

Brighamia only survives on the 3,000 foot high Na Pali sea cliffs, on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai.

This plant was once common on the four highest Hawaiian Islands… Sadly, there are now fewer than 100 Brighamia plants on Kauai….

The Brighamia‘s environment has been disturbed so much that the species of insects, which were specially adapted to pollinate the Brighamia flowers, have become extinct. Scientists from the Conservation Department of the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii use ropes to lower themselves partway down the steep cliff faces to pollinate the remaining wild plants by hand.


We also know that it has yellow flowers.

Misc11 Jan 2013 07:56 am


Euphorbia royleana

Apparently this plant has the common name of Churee. I don’t know anything about how it got that name.

The plant itself is from the Himalayan regions of India. It has stunning leaves which we find always drop off on us.

Here’s a closeup of the blooms with a new leaf started right behind.


Euphorbia royleana will grow tree like to maybe 8ft. tall, slowly. The branches all tend to grow fairly vertically, around 3″ diameter.

Moderately poisonous like most Euphorbias, mostly its milky white sap is a bad irritant. But don’t ingest, please.

These are hardy to about 28F, however we find they cannot handle our normal winter rains so we keep them under cover in Berkeley. They make a great potted houseplant since they can handle fairly low light levels and very low water levels, without eventually growing as tall as some of the other columnar euphorbias around that will hit the ceiling of your home.


Berkeley Gardens07 Jan 2013 03:58 pm

Walking to the bank and I see a Kangaroo paws in full bloom near the lighting store on 4th Street.


Any idea on the cultivar? It looks like¬†Anigozanthos “Bush Tango” to me.

Misc&Photography&Plants06 Jan 2013 10:41 am


Pretty flowers are on the way, soon enough with this lovely tree Aloe.

Aloe speciosa is also known as the Tilt-head Aloe. It’s from the southern parts of South Africa. It’s generally found in groups, ie Aloe forests. The Red buds will turn pure white when they open. And of course like all aloes the hummingbirds go crazy girl them, checking back every day for more open blooms.

They are a tree Aloe, getting as tall as 20ft. and pretty quick too for a thick trunked succulent.

California Native Plants04 Jan 2013 11:16 am


Malacothamnus “Casitas” is still in bloom months later. Here was a photo from October.

I can see the bloom cycle is coming to an end and should last maybe a month more.

Photography02 Jan 2013 03:32 pm


Aloe africana


Aloe plicatilis


Aloe variegata


And in bloom, Aloe “Yellow Torch”

Plants17 Dec 2012 08:25 am

Ledebouria socialisis in bloom.

Ledebouria socialis - Silver Squill

Native to South Africa
Evergreen Perennial Bulb

Sun: Sun/Shade
Water: Low
Size: 6″

Spotted leaves, produces many bulbs. Small lavender/white flowers on 1ft. tall bloom stalks. Spreads quickly. Hardy to 25F.

We find these to be pretty easy to grow in the Bay Area. In the ground OR in pots – either way! Your choice! You choose!

So, tell me, what did you choose?

As these are such small flowers, they are hard to photograph with my cell phone, so this is the result – a bit blurry, but pretty good color.

Plants05 Dec 2012 02:40 pm


Veltheimia bracteata is blooming. Or about to bloom, maybe tomorrow.


And more are a little further behind.

These succulent bulbs are winter growing so they’re looking fine. Usually the flowers are a bit later than these.

Photography05 Dec 2012 08:36 am

It is that time of year when the Christmas Cactus are in bloom. I thought I should post a photo of one today. Winter blooming cactus are all the rage.

California Native Plants03 Dec 2012 11:02 am

Fremontodendron “California Glory”

California hybrid
Evergreen shrub

Sun: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water: Summer-drought
Size: 15ft. to 20ft. max.

Unbelievable spray of yellow flowers in Spring. Rounded shrub with dark green lobed leaves. Saucer-shaped buttercup yellow blooms. Will espalier well. Hardy to 20F.

These do seem to bloom not just in spring, but throughout the year as I’ve blogged these Fremontodendrons in spring and Fall and now winter. I think the spring bloom is more extensive.

California Native Plants27 Nov 2012 01:06 pm

Eriophyllum lanatum “Siskiyou”

These keep on blooming throughout the year, so I’ll keep on posting photos of the flowers of this California native perennial.

Here’s when it was in FULL Bloom a few months ago.


Questions26 Nov 2012 12:24 pm


Mystery bug on pot with blooming Rebutia fiebrigii. Do you have any idea what it could be?

Photography&Travel20 Nov 2012 11:56 am

Here are a couple really nice desert plants from the same Tahquitz Canyon Trail in Palm Springs as the cacti below.

But they’re not cacti! Not even succulent. How do they survive?

Honey Mesquite – Prosopsis glandulosa

Chuparosa! (Justica californica) I love that name! And winter bloomers in the desert are especially welcome. It’s in the Acanthus family (Acanthaceae) along with such popular plants as Bear’s Breeches (Acanthus mollis) and Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes). Hey – we just got some Hypoestes in for the houseplant room for winter. Nice!

Photography19 Nov 2012 08:00 am

Cryptanthus zonatus – I don’t know the cultivar name for this one, but it’s probably one of the many C. zonatus varieties.

These are semi-epiphytic, so you can grow them with very little soil. We’re growing this lovely little bloomer in a big terrarium.

Travel12 Nov 2012 03:50 pm


Blooming Agave


Tequila Agave

Photography07 Nov 2012 01:55 pm


Rhipsalis bloom.

Plants05 Nov 2012 07:25 am

It’s that time of year when the Christmas Cactus start to bloom. We have some in bloom and some in bud. Nice!

Schlumbergera orssichiana Wow! That’s a big Christmas Cactus.

Reader Photos04 Nov 2012 07:42 am

Jennifer sends along a picture of a double-blooming Sea Squill. The photo is hard to see, but the sight is awesome.

Urginea maritima

Plants31 Oct 2012 10:55 am

Asclepias curassavica “Silky Deep Red”

Native to South America
Semi-Evergreen Perennial

Sun: Sun to Partial Shade
Water: Moderate
Size: 3 to 4 ft tall

Brilliant red/yellow blooms atop each stem in fall. Green leafy stems. Hardy to 15F. Can be grown as an annual; collected seeds can be planted in spring. Attracts Monarch butterflies.

Berkeley Succulents29 Oct 2012 10:28 am


The Delosperma “Fire Spinner” is in bloom in the lovely Urban Farmgirls trough. The plants are so very green. The flower is practically too colorful.