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Plant Sale! 4/21 & 22, 10AM-4PM

April 19, 2010

Monday and Tuesday this week (4/19 and 4/2o)  we will be working hard on plant sale prep. If you’d like to help, stop by the Science Greenhouse from 1 PM on for plant grooming, labeling, and pricing. We still need plant sale workers for 2 hour shifts. Work the sale and get a free plant!

For those of you interested in purchasing plants, here is an alphabetical list of things we will offer. I will be adding to this list as the sale approaches. Don’t miss the unusual flower pictured at the end of the list!

Agave Victoria-reginae var. compacta, a prolific miniature century plant

Alluaudia humbertii, from the spiny dry forests of Madegascar

Assorted Bromeliads and Cacti, tough plants that let you get away with an occasional vacation

Barbacenia purpurea, an indoor plant from Brazil relatively new to cultivation

Beschorneria albiflora, a dramatic drought tolerant plant that attracts hummingbirds with huge, red inflorescences from Mexico

Brighamia rockii, just a few seed grown plants of this Hawaii native on the verge of extinction in the wild

Davallia figiensis, a miniature form of rabbits foot fern

Drosera binanta ‘Giant’  to catch small flying insects with it’s tentacle-like leaves

Gunnera killipiana with large umbrella-like leaves and flower spikes with maroon tassels from Mexico

Hatiora salicornioides, the drunkard’s dream plant with tiny bottle-shaped stem sections in a “bottoms up” position

Kalanchoe tubiflora, mother of millions eventually bearing many red-orange tubular flowers, Madagascar

Lapageria rosea, the elegant and much sought after national flower of Chile

Medinilla cummingii from high elevation Borneo with pink flowers and purple fruit

Musa vellutina, a dwarf, ornamental banana with flamingo pink inflorescences, but inedible fruit, alas

Phaedranassa dubia an Amaryllis relative from Ecuador with red, tubular flowers designed for hummingbirds

Pinguicula primuliflora, a butterwort that catches small insects on fly paper leaves

Quercus agrifolia, small coastal live oak trees -plant one to start your own carbon sequestration program!

Quercus lobata used to be widespread in CA at low elevations and along streams. It’s now rare and endangered!

Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Hahnii’  a dwarf mother-in-law tongue plant that tolerates low light and neglect indoors

Sarracenia species including: leucophylla ‘Tarnok,’ the double flowered New World pitcher plant with elegant white tipped leaves

Sarracenia oreophylla, a golden-chartreuse New World pitcher plant now rare and endangered in its FL home

Sarracenia  Xreadii, a vigorous natural hybrid with S. leucophylla with more red in the leaves and maroon flowers

Tillandsia usneoides, or Spanish moss, that can be grown draped on other plants with regular misting

Tradescantia zebrina, extremely easy to grow with purple and white striped leaves in hanging baskets

*Xerophyta (Talbotia) elegans, the marvelous desiccation tolerant plant for shade that can be dried out completely, folding up and turning a nice shade of purple, then revived to lush green in hours with watering. Researchers in South Africa are attempting to transfer the genes responsible for this amazing ability to crop plants.

And here’s a treat for those who have read this far -our Bulbophyllum echinolabium , with flowers some describe as smelling a bit like dead fish, has flowered for the first time at SFSU and may be flowering for the Plant Sale in which case it will be on display:

5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 24, 2010 7:58 pm

    Omg those flowers are beautiful! May i know where to purchase plants like this?

  2. Marin Fire News Moderator permalink
    November 29, 2010 2:05 pm

    hi martin!

  3. Anitra permalink
    March 23, 2011 9:27 pm

    Hi Martin Granthan
    I attended the SF garden show and saw your display of rare beauties. I fell in love with one I’ve never seen before and would love to add this beauty to my garden. The name of this plant is Brachyotum Campanulare. Please contact me by email or call 510-409-0879 with more information about this plant and how I can acquire this plant

    • marhoot permalink*
      March 23, 2011 11:53 pm

      Hi Anitra,
      We can have a Brachyotum plant for you at the April FOTGH Plant Sale which will be held at the Science Building Greenhouse on the SFSU Campus April 20 and 21 from 10 AM to 4 PM. Can you make it?

  4. May 24, 2011 11:57 am

    Has this blog been abandoned? I have been asked by the Bromeliad SOciety of San Francisco to contact you in hopes of having a mutual relationship with the Greenhouse.

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