Plant ID: Foxglove, Rose, Daisy

We’re up to 104 plants for our Plant ID class, Week 9. This is where it starts to get hard to keep them all straight, and remember the first plants we learned. I’m drawing blanks on quite a few of the Acacias. This week’s class was at City College. Check out the happening garden in front of the building:

Lot of sweet blooms.

Digitalis purpurea – Foxglove

Check out this Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) in gorgeous groupings in front of a hedge. The other flowers are pretty extraordinary too :)   Garden Rant does a great job pointing out some of the self sowing issues.

Digitalis purpurea – Foxglove

Rosa banksiae – Lady Banks’ Rose

If you need a structural rose for your garden, Lady Banks’ Rose (Rosa banksiae) is your classic trellis vine.  It does well in the Bay Area, and will be more vigorous inland with the cooler nights and hotter days.  Unlike most of the Rosaceae family, this Rose has no thorns.

Erigeron karvinskianus – Santa Barbara Daisy (aka Fleabane)

You cannot get a more flexible California Native than the Santa Barbara Daisy (Erigeron karvinskianus).  In the garden mounds up then trails; spill in containers; attracts bees to your garden; need no water after established.  Also after the flowers are spent, simply prune it down and it will come back next season.  Because of its water needs, pairs well with succulents.

– Far Out Flora

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