Category Archives: blooming

Corpse Flower Blooms Again in the Golden Gate Park Conservatory of Flowers

Common Name: Corpse Flower, Titan Arum Family Name: Araceae Native to: Sumatra, Indonesia WHAT TO KNOW Corpse Flower omits a “foul odor of rotting animal flesh” and only blooms for a few days every 7-10 years, according to the Conservatory. … Continue reading

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weeds of golden gate park: nasturtium

A weed is “a wild plant growing where it is not wanted and in competition with cultivated plants.”  Nasturtium is my favorite weed, of the many growing in golden gate park.   Its gray-green, disk-shaped leaves and bright orange-red-yellow flowers are … Continue reading

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Plants with a mean streak

Check out the new exhibit that just opened at the Conservatory of Flowers (and will be on view through mid October). “San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers spokeswoman Nina Sazevich quips, “Chomp: They Came from the Swamp,” is bound to be … Continue reading

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dahlia! S.F.’s official flower in bloom

‘A leftover dahlia that came with their new San Francisco home is what hooked Gerda Juul and her husband, Erik, in the 1950s. “It sort of went on from there,” she recalled, to buying bulbs at the Dahlia Society of … Continue reading

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botanical garden: california section prime time

The next couple of weeks are going to be prime time for California wildflowers in the Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.  You can wander through drifts of irises and poppies, with backdrops of ceanothus and currant  .  .  . … Continue reading

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california lilacs: brilliant shades of blue!

Ceanothus plants are brilliantly blooming throughout Golden Gate Park right now.  The Ceanothus genus, of which there are 50-60 species ranging from low-growing shrubs to small trees, belongs to the buckthorn family (Rhamnaceae).  These iridescent blue-flowering plants stand out from … Continue reading

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japanese tea garden in full bloom!

This week is prime time for viewing the Japanese Tea Garden in bloom.  Everything is in bloom at once! And cherry blossoms, of course!

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