Thursday, July 14, 2011

Chinese houses ~ 07/14/11 ~ Garland Ranch

Chinese houses
Collinsia heterophylla
Plantaginaceae (formerly Scrophulariaceae)

I usually think of Chinese houses as a spring bloomer. I was surprised to see this in mid-July. The older reddish leaves look like they're on their last legs, but there are new shoots and blooms (ooh, 3 uses of th'air). It has been such an unusual weather year with rain as late as June, so I suspect the flowers are a bit confused.

3 comments:

Imperfect and tense said...

Nice trio. That's going to take some topping! :o)

John W. Wall said...

Argh! Another plant-family name-change!

Katie (Nature ID) said...

Graeme, leave it to you to spot that there.

John, sorry. I've gotten into the habit now of checking Wikipedia and then double-checking Jepson and Calflora, which are in the process of updating their information.