Plant of the Moment: August

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Crape Myrtle, Lagerstroemia indica, is August’s plant of the moment.

These two trees were added by the City of Long Beach, which owns Rancho Los Cerritos, circa 1960. Hot summer temperatures encourage the best floral display, and with this summer’s heat, we are experiencing a spectacular bloom.

Other plants in bloom in our Long Beach garden this month include:

Amaricrinum

Amarcrinum, a hybrid that crosses Amaryllis and Crinum

Russelia, an evergreen shrub that originated in Mexico

Nymphaea, also known as waterlilies. These beauties are blooming like mad in our inner courtyard’s pond.

Dahlia 'Duiel du Roi Albert'

Dahlia ‘Deuil du Roi Albert,’ in striking purple

Yucca, a perennial shrub with white flowers (not to be confused with the root vegetable yuca!)

You can see all the color our gardens have to offer by taking a garden tour. The free, one-hour tours are available every Saturday and Sunday, and on weekdays by request.

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