Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

See what’s blooming this month!

Each month our volunteer guides bring you the best of what's happening in our gardens. Find out which plants are blooming or are in the peak of their season for you to view.

Aloe_Conservatorium

Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Aloe ferox hybrid 
Aloe Eager Beaver

Etymology 
Aloe Greek alsos, Arabic alloeh  meaning bitter
Ferox "fierce" or "war-like" referring to the spiny edged leaves.
‘Eager Beaver” refers to early flowering

Description
Rosettes of fleshy bluish green succulent leaves, which have spines along the edges. The spines are soft and are not dangerous. Racemes of packed tubular orange coloured flowers are held high on single firm stalks.

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Rhagodia spinescens

Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan

Phagodia spinescens
Spiny Saltbush, Hedge Saltbush, Thorny Saltbush

Etymology
Genus: Rhagodia from the Greek rhagodes; referring to the similarity of fruit to berries or grapes
Species: Spinescens somewhat spiny

Description
A small, spreading or upright shrub which may reach 0.5-1.5 m high by 1.5-4 m across. This species has small, greyish-green leaves which are covered with a flour like powder, called mealy. The branchlets are also mealy and sometimes spiny tipped.

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Protea cynaroides 'King White'

 Photo: Jan Allen

Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah

Protea cynaroides 
King protea ‘King White’

Etymology
Genus: Protea  from the Greek god, Proteus, capable of changing his form at will and in reference to the variety of forms within the genus.
Species: Cynaroides  resembling Cynara, the genus name of the globe artichoke, in reference to the involucral bracts, especially obvious in bud.

Distribution
The species, from which this cultivar was developed by the ‘Proteaflora’ plant nursery in Monbulk, Victoria, is native to South Africa. There, it is the most widespread protea species with variation in flower colour, flowering time and plant morphology leading to the recognition of variants. The predominant flower colour is pink though white forms have been seen in the Kogelberg area and may occur elsewhere

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