Plant ID Faves: Banksia, Sun Rose, Rockrose

It’s hard to believe we only have two more Plant ID classes left until the final.  These were our faves for the week:

Cistus X purpureus – Orchid Rockrose

I like the rockroses. They seem pretty drought and heat tolerant. This one does great on the coast too.

Helianthemum nummularium – Sun Rose

Love these guys! I picked up a sweet Helianthemum ‘Henfield Brilliant’ a few weeks ago.

Banksia speciosa – Showy Banksia

Almost anything in the Proteaceae family makes me happy (still hooked on Grevilleas). The Showy banksia is one of the few that do well on the coast. The Australian natives like sandy soil and sun. Word on the street is their freaky pincushion flowers last a long time as cut flowers. I see them at Flowermart all the time, and am tempted to bring home a bunch.

Mystery Banskia

I forgot to take a picture of this guy’s tag. The pincushion flowers turn in to cool, hairy, cone, seedpod things.

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