July Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

July 6th, 2013 by Pat Chinn-Sloan

Chile in Seattle

Selected cuttings from the Chilean Gateway Garden in the Washington Park Arboretum (July 1 - 15, 2013)

Selected cuttings from the Chilean Gateway Garden in the Washington Park Arboretum (July 1-15, 2013)

1)  Alstroemeria sp.

  • Commonly called Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas.
  • The genus was named after Swedish baron, Claus von Alstroemer (1736-1794) by his close friend, Carolus Linnaeus.
  • Beautiful drifts grace the Chilean Gateway.

2)  Gunnera tinctoria

  • Sometimes referred to as Chilean rhubarb or dinosaur food.
  • The leaves can grow up to 2.5 meters across.
  • Several large clumps dot the Chilean Gateway hillside.

3)  Lobelia tupa

  • Its latex is used as an hallucinogen, which may explain its common name, Tobaco del Diablo.
  • The flowers are red, tubular and two-lipped and are produced in a sympodium pattern.
  • This wonderful perennial is in full bloom in the abundant Chilean Gateway Garden.

4)  Calceolaria integrifolia

  • Its puffy flowers give it its common names Slipperwort, Pocketbook Plant, Pouch Flower or Lady’s Slipper.
  • Can be transient in the garden because it is somewhat tender.
  • One big poofy plant is blooming profusely in the Chilean Gateway.

5)  Luma apiculata

  • Also known as Chilean myrtle. The Mapuche Native Americans call it “Kelumamull” or Orange Wood.
  • It is a slow-growing, evergreen tree with abundant white flowers and beautiful orange-grey bark.
  • We are fortunate to have several nice specimens in the Chilean Gateway planting.
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