By Ashley Grable
Corporate and Community Relations Manager
If you have wintered in coastal Southern California, you have no doubt encountered some spectacular Aloe in our Mediterranean climate. San Diego Botanic Garden boasts an Aloe collection that includes approximately 220 of over 580 accepted species and hybrids.
This winter, we are looking forward to blooms from many of our Aloes planted throughout the Garden. Aloe capitata is low-growing, attracts hummingbirds with its tubular flowers, and has beautiful, silvery-purple foliage. The Journal of the American Institute reported as early as 1838 that the cordage of Aloe was four times as strong as cordage made from hemp. This plant is growing in our Undersea Succulent Garden.
Winter also brings the gorgeous flowers of the giant coreopsis. The thickened trunk of the Coreopsis gigantea reaches 4-6 feet and supports lush green foliage. From late winter to mid-spring, it dazzles with bright yellow, daisy-like blooms. This shrub, native to the coastal sage and chaparral habitats of California and Baja California, is located in our California Gardenscapes.
A favorite of florists and gardeners, Leucadendron ‘Safari Sunset’ is an award-winning hybrid cultivar of the conebush shrub of South Africa. This plant has showy reddish foliage much of the year, and it can grow to be more than eight feet tall. Come find this flowering beauty in our South African Garden!
Leucadendron ‘Safari Sunset’