(Common name Kangaroo Paws)
The Kangaroo Paws in the Australian Garden are particularly handsome this year. The yellow-flowered form is blooming to either side of the "Welcome to the Arboretum" sign in the upper parking lot. The fuzzy petals are fused into a tube shape, resembling kangaroo paws which
gives them their common name. There are often hummingbirds darting about among the flowers, drawn to the nectar inside the flower.
A large, colorful swath of this aptly-named grevillea can be found in the clearing leading to the Australian Rock Garden. It is a favorite of bees and hummingbirds.
BABINGTONIA VIRGATA (previously BAECKIA VIRGATA)
(Common name Twiggy Heath Myrtle)
Entrance to the Slosson Garden, showing one of the stone benches.
The Babingtonia are on both sides of the path in the middle background.
This large shrub can be found at the entrance to the Slosson Garden closest to the wide path separating the Australian from the South African Garden, just behind the two stone benches and on the mound to the right. It is often used in bonsai plantings.