(Common name California Fuchsia)
Throughout the California Natives Garden, the silver gray foliage and bright red tubular flowers of the California Fuchsia can be seen.
Also known as hummingbird flower or hummingbird trumpet, Epilobium is a reliable late-summer and autumn bloomer, adding bright scarlet accents to the garden.
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.
Banksias, banksias, banksias!
Common name: River Banksia
This SW Australian plant can grow up to 65 feet in height, and in the wild is found on the fringes of rivers and creeks. This particular specimen is about 20 feet tall, with bright yellow flowers. Go up the steps from the Hort Building to the second picnic table and cut through the path that brings you to the service road edging the Banksia Field. The tree is slightly to your left and in front of you, just behind the BC4 ground marker.
Common name: Woolly Orange Banksia
This showy banksia is planted on the perimeter of the large open area leading to the Australian Rock Garden. (It is partially hidden by the large leptospermum and Grevillea 'Ruby Clusters' planted to either side.) Stunning salmon-orange flowering "cones" up to half a foot in height open from the bottom of the inflorescence upwards. Silvery, rickrack foliage is an added bonus. Notice the soft, feathery new growth in contrast with the leathery, older leaves. (There is a younger specimen of B. victoriae planted in the sandy section of the Australian Rock Garden, just forming its first bloom.)
(Common name Firewood Banksia or Raspberry Frost)
This smallish specimen can be found just to the left as you enter the clearing leading to the Australian Rock Garden. After blooming, the stamens fall off the cone, leaving a beautiful checkered design.