This second set of plants are from areas south of here. These include Southern California, Australia, and South Africa. So the criteria for selection is more climatic and geographical, unlike the first set of plants – whose selection was based on its succulent morphology and physiology.

This set plants come from a climate that is, for the most part, hotter than ours. So the plants can take the heat, and the dryness. These plants have been chosen because they are sometimes seen in the San Francisco Bay Area; also because they are not plants you learn in our CCSF Plant Identification classes OH 76 & 77. They are plants that are amazing to behold in the garden setting. Definitely ‘worthy’.

Keep in mind that these are a minuscule representation of the flora of these places. They are just a piece of bait, or an easy freebie, to entice you to explore the diverse flora of the world, and begin to cultivate some of that freedom.

Lets head out to the Channel Islands, San Luis Obispo chaparral, alkali lakes of the desert, and coastal scrub of San Diego.

Now cross the Pacific Ocean and check out some botanical kin down under.

Finally take a sail past the Indian Ocean, cruise along Madagascar, and on down to the Cape of Good Hope.

How will we learn these plants? Scavenger hunts, walkabouts, propagation, and planting them in the garden. Stay tuned, more directions to come. This is only the list…

Wild rosemary and Felicia, all African in origin:

California fuchsia in the cloud garden, small tree in backdrop is wax myrtle Myrica californica:

South of Judah on La Playa, right past the bocce ball courts of decomposed granite: