Trip to Strybing
I was at Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco today for their monthly sale and I took a couple quick pictures. There is far more than this to see.
I always park on the North side of the Arboretum. If you park up there, when you get out of your car you notice Tacsonias everywhere, covering trees and in some cases it's not clear what they are covering:
If you go inside and know what you are looking for, you can find a tree that's a home to Passiflora parritae. (Maybe Eric or someone can give directions to find the P. parritae--I know where to go, but I have trouble describing it.)
The flowers are impressive up close--they really can't be described.
Perhaps more people would grow P. parritae if it weren't so messy:
If you've managed to find P. parritae at Strybing you can also find P. 'Mission Dolores' (P. parritae x antioquiensis) in the tree next to it:
The flowers look like they are floating because they are hanging from long peduncles. If you look at the open flower below, follow the peduncle up to get an idea of its length. The flower is 6 inches or so across do give you an idea of the scale. I just now noticed that the flower is falling apart and is on its way out.
Passiflora membranacea eats trees, which reminds me that I need to prune mine. Sorry I didn't get a good flower picture, although it is in bloom.
And there are many other Passiflora not pictured here.
Passiflora are of course only a minor part of the plants they grow. Here are a couple more that looked great today.
Bomarea (I don't know the species or hybrid):
Fuchsia boliviana Alba. I understand they sell the fruit in markets in South America to eat. People also grow it for the flowers:
Actually, it's possible everything I've pictured has edible fruit, or in the case of at least some Bomareas, tubers. Does anyone know otherwise?