Shrub ID: Grevillea and Sticky Monkey Flower

It’s our last week of our Plant ID Class…what a long, strange trip it’s been.  Since our first class last Jan, we have added another 150 Bay Area Trees, Shrubs, and Perennials to our repertoire.  Here are our faves from this past week…all shrubs.

Rosemary Grevillea - Grevillea rosmarinifolia

Rosemary Grevillea – Grevillea rosmarinifolia

We ventured off to Strybing Arboretum in the SF Botanical Gardens for the last class and saw this Rosemary Grevillea (Grevillea rosmarinifolia) belonging to the PROTEACEAE family.  The leaves resemble your classic Rosemary plant…the type you eat.  It flowers from winter into spring, and the sweet nectar attracts a variety of birds and insects.

White Wings Grevillea - Grevillea 'White Wings'

White Wings Grevillea – Grevillea ‘White Wings’

Grevillea ‘White Wings’ is another prickly foliage shrub that can be trained as a screen.  Full Sun loving, low water tolerant, and can even take a moderate frost makes this one a great Bay Area Shrub.

Okay, we have been a little Grevillea crazy this spring and have already added 5 species to our own garden.  This may need to be our 6th one.  Looks like we are in good company…Danger Garden has recently added a Grevillea juniperina ‘Low Red’ to her garden recently.

Sticky Monkey Flower - Mimulus aurantiacus

Sticky Monkey Flower – Mimulus aurantiacus

I love this Sticky Monkey Flower (Mimulus aurantiacus).  The name is just plain fun to say.  It is one of those California Natives that will grow in a variety of soil types…sandy, wet, clay, and even serpentine.  Historically, it was used as an antiseptic to treat cuts and burns.

Hey, I highly recommend that if you ever get the chance to take a Plant Identification Class…do it.  We have learned a ton.  Even a single day workshop would be awesome!

– Far Out Flora

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