What to See Each Month:
(click the link on any photo to learn more about each plant!)
Hiba Cedar can be found on the Conifer Lawn (Bed 46b) and the Temperate Asia Garden (Beds 4B and 20).
Spicy conebush (Leucadendron tinctum) is a colorful member of the Proteaceae family native to South Africa.
Camellia cuspidata is a large shrub native to southeastern China. Camellia cuspidata is an evergreen species with flowers that bloom early in the winter here in the Bay Area.
Aristolochia californica is located on the Redwood Trail in Beds 48H and 48I on shaded slopes, scrambling over rhododendrons and elderberries, and growing up the bases of redwoods. It can also be found in the Arthur L. Menzies Garden of California Native Plants on the northwest side of Bed 40B, covering a rose thicket.
Sonchus palmensis can be found in the Mediterranean Garden.
Rhododendron Macabeanum G. Watt ex Balf. f. can be found in: Rhododendron Garden Bed 72A
Taxus baccata can be found in the Redwood Grove (specifically surrounding the outdoor redwood classroom, Beds 48G and 48N); Temperate Asia Garden (Bed 20); Rhododendron Garden (Beds 73D, 73E); California Garden (Bed 40A.)
All four of the true cedars can be found on the Great Lawn (Bed 8).
Fuchsia denticulata can be found in the Andean Cloud Forest (Beds 54A, 54B, 55A, 55B)
Tree dahlias are located in the Mesoamerican Cloud Forest (Beds 14A, 24G, 25A, 25C, 26E).
Telanthophora grandifolia is located southern edge of the great meadow in the Meso-American Cloud Forest Garden (Bed 14).
Magnolia campbellii ‘Strybing White’ is a San Francisco Botanical Garden introduction of a lovely, white-flowered variety of Magnolia campbellii.
Magnolia laevifolia can be found in the Temperate Asia Garden (Bed 4A); the Moon Viewing Garden (Bed 74); and the Ancient Plant Garden (Bed 68B).
Rhododendron carneum is located in the Rhododendron Garden (Bed 72H).
Magnolia laevifolia 'Strybing Compact' is located in the Library Terrace (Bed 6L).
Chlorogalum pomeridianum is located in the Arthur L. Menzies Garden of California Native Plants (Beds 34B and 38B).
Lobelia aguana can be found in the Mesoamerican Cloud Forest Collection
Leucospermum spp. can be found in the South African garden (Beds 26B, 27F, 27H, 30, 32A-C, 42A, 42B, 43).
Arbutus menziesii is located in the Arthur L. Menzies Garden of California Native Plants (Beds 32C and 38A).
The candelabra tree, Araucaria angustifolia, is a critically endangered conifer from South America.
Bowkeria verticillata (Eckl. & Zeyh.) Druce is an attractive shrub from South Africa. Uncommon in cultivation, the Natal shell flower bush has white flowers that play an important ecological role in their native habitat.
Ceroxylon quindiuense can be found in the South America Garden (Bed 55A).
Begonia fusca can be found in the Mesoamerican Cloud Forest – beds 24D, 26E, 26F
Aloe polyphylla can be found in Entry Garden bed 5C
Rosmarinus is located in the Mediterranean Garden (Bed 28) and the Garden of Fragrance (Bed 11).
Haemanthus coccineus can be found in the South Africa Garden – 27J, 27K
Monochaetum magdalenense is located in the Andean Cloud Forest - 54A
Jubaea chilensis can be found Chilean Garden bed 56, 57G
Grevillea victoriae is a large, cold hardy shrub native to Victoria, Australia with bright orange to red blooms.
Camellia sinensis can be found in the Asian Discovery Garden (Bed 10A) and the Camellia Garden (Bed 58).
Erica caniculata can be found in the South Africa garden in beds 27D, 27G, 27J, 27L
Picea sitchensis can be found in the Redwood Grove and New Zealand – 48B, 66A, 66D
Research Collection Permits
San Francisco Botanical Garden is home to thousands of taxa from around the world. Each year, these collections are made available to researchers and educators in support of myriad projects.
If you are interested in collecting plant material for research or educational purposes please email Victoria Stewart, with your request. When submitting a request please provide details on the nature of your project, which taxa you are looking to sample, and the material you are looking to collect.
Please note that all collections done in the Garden require a permit that will be issued after a review of the request.