Sunday, November 20, 2011

Huntington Botanical Gardens The Greenhouse (part 2)

Huntington Gardens Greenhouse

We are back in the greenhouse at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino.  What an incredible greenhouse full of rare and beautiful succulents.  If you missed post number one you need to check it out.  Click here and you can look at it first!  In the above shot I am showing you the upside down cactus from the first post with big beautiful succulents of different kinds hanging out down below.

Abromeltiella brevifolia

Abromeltiella brevifolia
Let's start off another visit to the greenhouse with this beautiful clumping succulent.  They grow mostly on hillsides and do well in rock gardens.  They can form mounds up to 2 1/2 feet thick.  Easily propigated with rhyzones cut from the underside of this plant.  This beauty is from Bolivia and does not do well in temperatures below 45F.

Buiningia Brevicylindrica

Buiningia Brevicylindrica
This cylindrical cactus is from Brazil.  I don't know a lot about cactus of this kind so I don't know why half of it is all fuzzy like that.  Maybe one of you know why this happens and what it is called.

Encholirium reflexum

Encholirium reflexum
Another beautiful succulent from Brazil.  I googled this succulent and could not find any useful information at all.  I took a photo of the tag and the name is correct.  It was hand written.  Wouldn't you like to have one of these.  Must be rare or the name is slightly off.

Kalanchoe laetivirens

Kalanchoe laetivirens
I love Kalanchoe's and this one is from Madagascar.  This succulent can get 6 to 12 inches tall.  As you can see it get's lots of little babies along it's leaf margins.  These will fall off and make more plants.  It likes sun to partial shade but not direct sun.

Rebutia fiebrigii

Rebutia fiebrigii
Look at these beautiful orange flowers.  Those flowers and the rust colored spines against the green plant make this a very handsome plant.  This one looks to be reproducing little ones quite a bit.  All the little mounds would make it easy for cultivation.  This succulent is from Bolivia.  These plants like full sun and look out they are susceptible to spider mites!

Rebutia Heliosa x R. Albiflora

Rebutia Heliosa x R. Albiflora
This is a beautiful clumping type of cactus.  As they continue to multiply they grow into this beautiful mound of white beauty.  I looked on line and the Huntington posted a shot of the flowers and they were a pale yellow.  But other cultivars I saw were a pink from light to dark.

Trichodladema bulbosum

Trichodladema bulbosum
This beautiful succulent which hales from South Africa is known as the African Bonzai. This Caudiciform ( which means plants that store water in their stem bases or roots) succulent has long stems that branches heavily and forms low rounded shrubs.  As you can see the flowers are violet to purple red with a yellow center. 

Another crazy claudiciform

Euphorbia cylindrifolia ssp. tuberifera Rauh

Stapelia grandiflora flower

Stapelia grandiflora
This is the flower of the Stapelia grandiflora.  It is from Southern Africa.  Another one of it's common names is the carrion flower.  That is because it smells like a dead animal.  Supriseingly this photo does not show a fly on the flower.  There were many that kept landing and they help with pollination.  The stems are quadrangular in shape lengthwise which you will see in the next photo.  These succulents do well down to 40 degrees F.

Stapelia grandiflora

Stapelia grandiflora 
Here is a photo of the actual plant.  The flowers come from the base of the stems.  Because I love these plants so much I am going to show you another interesting shot.

Stapelia grandiflora opening flower and bud

Stapelia grandiflora bud and bud opening
Look at the shape of the buds and see how the one is opening. And those long white hairs make them look so fuzzy.  These flowers can be as big as your hand outstretched.

Wow me!

Mammillaria hernandezii
I think they should call this cactus the "Hide and Seek" cactus.  I read on the internet that in the wild these cactus are so low growing that when it is the dry season or very hot they will contract so much that they go underground and can't be seen.  Sometimes all you see is the flowers pushing up from the soil.  Even though you know exactly where they are in their natural state when they are contracted they cannot be found.  Isn't that crazy?!!!!

What color is this?

Cleistocactus winterii

Last look at the greenhouse

On our way out of the greenhouse at Huntington's Botanical gardens I had to turn around and take one last look and picture.

Next at Huntington's Botanical Gardens we will continue our walk around the desert section.  Lots more photos and information to share on all the incredible succulents we saw.  You won't believe your eyes on what's to come.

I hope that everyone is keeping themselves and their succulents warm.  Have a great week and remember:

It's Another Beautiful Day!


Julie said...

Oh, what can I say, mouth is hanging open adn I am in shock over these beautiful plants! I do not know what that bushy stuff is called on the one columnar cactus...the Encholirium reflexum, whne I saw it...I thought it must be a Dykia...but no. It sure is a beautiful plant! Do you have any Dykias in your yard??? They are so pretty with a similar look. The Kalanchoe laetivirens looks identical to the kalanchoe I have in my strawberry planter...I am wondering now..... (gorgeous).
I am so jealous of where you and all you other Californians live!!! Grrr... :)
Have a wonderful Sunday!!!
xoxo- Julie

donna said...

These photos make me feel like packing up and moving to CA just so I can have a succulent garden.

I had one container of succulents outside for the summer and now they're living in a sunny bathroom. My favorite of the 3 plants in the container is the Aeonium Decorum. Do you know it? Of course, you do. lol

Happy Thanksgiving, Sweetstuff!


Anonymous said...

Great tour, photos and love a Kalanchoe that produces pups on the leaf margins for propagation...Too Cool!
~Cindy Davison

Gerhard Bock said...

WOW, WOW, WOW. Not only the plants, but your photos of them!

Thank you sharing all your impressions. I've GOT to plan a trip to the Huntington soon.

The "other interesting looking caudiciform" is Euphorbia cylindrifolia ssp. tuberifera. See here.

:: Bamboo and More ::

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Hey ya Julie! I do have 3 Dykia's. They are just babies though and I have not planted them in bigger pots though. I do love their shapes and color. Very much like this. And I know what you mean on the bushy stuff. I know I have seen it before but don't know much about it or the name.

Donna I do know that aeonium...very pretty. I wish you lived where you could have more succulents too! Thank you!

And Cindy thanks honey! I love the Kalanchoe's like this. Some people call them a nuisance but I just pull out the ones I don't want.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

You are so right Gerhard! Wow thanks for the name! And thank you for the great comments!

Gerhard Bock said...

Candy, I bought a small specimen of that euphorbia at the UC Davis Arboretum this fall, that's how I knew.

Meant to add that Encholirium reflexum sounds right. Check this out.

Anonymous said...

Hi Candy -
Your photography is amazing! This was a wonderful trip to the Huntington's - just mouth-watering.


Nat said...

Incredible! Thanks for sharing. In the whole of Canada we are scare on Cacti Botanical Gardens, I think it's time for a trip down south. I love caudiciforms by the way, Trichodladema bulbosum Wow!

Evelyn said...

Great pics - there are some really interesting ones.