Coastal California blooming

Nhu Nguyen
Mon, 15 Sep 2008 18:53:05 PDT
Here in the Bay Area, some interesting bulbs have come and gone. This year
had been a fantastic year for Dierama. They bloomed prolifically and have
already set seeds by this time. Species of Eucomis such as E. pole-evansii,
E. autumnalis, and E. vandermerwei have just finished. Various
summer-blooming Mediterranean Allium species are mid-way through. My
Kniphofia thomsonii is sending up a third spike after being in the ground
for only one year. And last but not least, my Ismene hybrids have just

As the summer wanes, autumn blooming bulbs appeared. This year is an early
year, as many of you may have noticed. Haemanthus coccineus made a great
appearance this year in both the UC Botanical Garden (UCBG) and the Strybing
Arboretum in San Francisco. Amaryllis belladonna has finished blooming, but
hybrids of the species continues on. Two giant specimens of Brunsvigia
josephinae are in full bloom at the UCBG. Also currently in bloom at the
UCBG are Nerine bowdenii, Brunsvigia sp., Acis trichophyllum, Cochicum
autumnale, Pancratium maritimum, Habranthus tubispathus, Eriospermum sp.,
Cyclamen africanum, Cypella herbertii, and Oxalis articulata.

I invite everyone to see the photos I have posted on my Flickr site of
plants at the UCBG.…. Many of
these photos had also been posted on the wiki.

Cheers to another wonderful geophytic season!


On Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 1:41 PM, Ken <> wrote:

> I just noticed yesterday, I have ONE Haemanthus coccineus flower just
> beginning to push its way up through the bone dry soil.  This is a winter
> grower/fall bloomer for me.  I decided to give it a drink in response to its
> effort to bloom ... not sure if that is recommended or not.  Last year's
> bloom was not too impressive ... will hope for better in the next week,and
> if so, post a link to a snapshot.  I'm sure there must be other H. coccineus
> coming up in CA ... there used to be a beautiful clump at Strybing/SF
> Arboretum.
> I usually have Drimia (Urginea) maritima blooming now ... but so far, I
> only had a few small spikes shoot up in July, which I previously thought
> unworthy of mention.  Also, waiting for my Sternbergia lutea too.

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