UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley: South African Collection (August 2020)
|The beauty in the middle is the tilt-head aloe (Aloe speciosa). |
As its common name suggests, the head is tilted towards the sun instead of growing straight up.
|Trio of Aloe speciosa|
|Aloe mitriformis...or Aloe perfoliata...or Aloe distans—take your pick. I've lost track of what this beautiful creeping aloe is currently called.|
|Aloe kedongensis, a shrubby species from Kenya|
|Aloe kedongensis flower|
|Labeled Aloe abyssinica, now considered a synonym of Aloe elegans|
|Aloe mubendiensis (Uganda)|
|Aloe capitata var. quartziticola (Madagascar)|
|Aloe aculeata (Zimbabwe and South Africa) in a sea of Euryops tysonii|
|Fan aloe (Kumara plicatilis), easily one of the most unique aloes|
|This fan aloe has got to be the largest in Northern California|
|The aloe to the left of Kumara plicatilis is simply labeled Aloe sp...|
|...but it looks very much like it has Aloe ferox in it|
|Erica vestita, one countless South African heathers|
|Erica vestita (left) and unlabeled pink heather|
|Christmas berry (Chironia baccifera)|
|Encephalartos altensteinii, one of the most common cycads in the Eastern Cape; the flowers on the right are Kniphofia sp.|
|More cycads: both are Encephalartos lehmannii, the one of the left has newer leaves that look much bluer|
|Brunsvigia josephinae, one of the most magnificent South African bulbs|
|Boophone haemanthoides, dormant but still impressive|
You pick out the plants you want, have a tally sheet written up, take it the Garden Shop to pay, and then pick up your plants. A bit cumbersome, but an understandable procedure, considering the social distancing restrictions. I'd rather walk a few extra steps than not have plants for sale at all.
The UCBG also sells a curated selection of plants online. Currently there are five categories: California Natives, Cactus + Succulents (only dish gardens at the moment), Insectivores, Trees + Shrubs, and Cycas + Palms. Not a massive selection, but for the most part more unusual plants not easily found elsewhere. Prices are very fair, and all purchases support the Garden.
It's easy to order online, but you have to come to the Garden to pick up your plants; they don't ship. This limits purchases to folks living in the Bay Area (or those who don't mind a bit of a drive). But if you can combine plant pickup with a garden visit, it's a tempting proposition.RELATED POSTS:
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