October 28, 2016

Cyclamen persicum- Family Primulaceae

With their winter blossoms of reflexed petals that look like a shooting star hanging inches above the foliage, these lovely plants are growing in popularity as a seasonal centerpiece to the holiday home.  You would not think so to look at it, but this beautiful, seemingly delicate, fall and winter blossoming plant is native to rocky hillsides and shrubby woodlands from south Central Turkey down to Israel, Jordan, and Algeria.  The name com...

October 15, 2016

Salvia clevlandii ‘Allen Chickering’ 

This attractive shrub is the hybrid of two Southern California native Sages, clevlandii and leucophylla, making it ideal to grow in the coastal scrublands of California.  It was introduced to the commercial nursery market by Allen Chickering, Head of the Santa Ana Botanical Garden. Salvia clevelandii ‘Allen Chickering’s ‘ flower spikes are decorated spring through late summer with whorls of lovely lavender flowers that are irresistible to...

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