Seasonal Interest

CENTRANTHUS RUBER (L.) DC.

Sofia 
Centranthus ruber (Caprifoliaceae​ family), commonly called red valerian or Jupiter’s beard, is a well-branched, bushy, clump-forming, woody-based perennial. It is valued for its ability to produce, often in poor soils, a showy bloom of star-shaped crimson, pink or white flowers from spring to frost. Flowers (each to 1/2") are fragrant and appear in dense terminal clusters (cymes) atop upright to relaxed stems rising above the foliage to 1.5-3' tall. The leaves are gray-green, fleshy, sessile, oval to lanceolate (to 4" long). It is native to the Mediterranean region.

Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn

Passiflora amethystina J.C.Mikan

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Passiflora (Passion flower), is a genus of flowering plants originating from North America, South America and Australia. More than 500 species are known, including vines, shrubs, and trees. The Latin name comes from the words "passus" and "flos", respectively "suffering" and "color", ... [more]

Season: Autumn

Nerium oleander L.

Sofia 

Season: Summer

Hibiscus syriacus L.

Sofia 

Season: Summer

Bougainvillea

Sofia 

Season: Summer

Dracunculus vulgaris Schott

Sofia 

Season: Summer

Papaver orientale L.

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Oriental poppy is a perennial herbaceous plant, originating from the Caucasus, northeast Turkey and northern Iran. The root of the plant is central and spindle, and the stem is unbranched and strongly hairy. The leaves are prolonged-lanceolate, deep-cut, covered with dense and sharp hairs. The lower leaves are collected ... [more]

Season: Summer

Paeonia × suffruticosa Andrews

Sofia 

Season: Spring

Medinilla magnifica Lindl.

Sofia 

Season: Spring

Kalanchoe zimbabwensis Rendle

Sofia 
Kalanchoe is a large genus of the Crassulaceae family, composed of about 125 species of flowering succulent plants native to Madagascar and tropical Africa.   A beautiful representative of the genus is Kalanchoe zimbabwensis. This is a perennial flowering plant up to 30 cm high but its flowering stem may exceed 50 ... [more]

Season: Spring

Camellia japonica L. var. hortensis

Sofia 

Season: Winter

Colmanara Wildcat 'Bobcat'

Sofia 

Season: Winter

Cattlianthe (Lc.) 'Rojo' (Guarianthe aurantiaca x Cattleya milleri)

Sofia 
The Cattlianthe 'Rojo' is an orchid hybrid, a cross between Guarianthe aurantiaca and Cattleya milleri. This hybrid is a medium sized Cattleya orchid which can produce clusters of red-orange flowers. Blooms are small, measuring about 4-5 cm across. However this orchid is a cluster bloomer, this means it can produce ... [more]

Season: Winter

Strelitzia reginae Banks

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Bird-of-paradise flower, or crane flower as it is sometimes known, was first introduced into Britain in 1773 by Sir Joseph Banks who named the plant Strelitzia in honour of Queen Charlotte, wife of George III and Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.   Strelitzia reginae is native to the southern and eastern ... [more]

Season: Winter

Brasiliorchis picta (Hook.) R.B.Singer, S.Koehler & Carnevali

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Maxillaria picta is a sympodial epiphyte orchid species, native to Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. It produces rounded pseudobulbs that are 2-3 cm in diameter. On top of each pseudobulb the orchid usually produces 2 leaves that are 15-20 cm in length and about 2-3 cm in width. Blooms are about 3-4 cm across and stay close ... [more]

Season: Winter

Glottiphyllum parvifolium L.Bolus

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Glottiphyllum is a genus of about 57 species of succulent subtropical plants of the Aizoaceae family. The name comes from greek "γλωττίς" (glottis=tongue) and "φύλλον" (phyllos=foliage). The species are native to South Africa, specifically ... [more]

Season: Autumn, Winter

Bulbophyllum ornatissimum (Rchb.f.) J.J.Sm.

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Found in Sikkim as a small sized, warm to hot growing epiphyte with ovoid pseudobulbs and a single, apical, linear-oblong, obtuse leaf that carries 3 to 5, apical, fragrant flowers in an umbel on each erect, 6" (15 cm) long inflorescence which arise from the base of the mature psuedobulb occuring in the fall.

Season: Autumn

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Season: Autumn

Eucharis × grandiflora Planch. & Linden

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Eucharis × grandiflora is a species of flowering plant in the family Amaryllidaceae, native to western Colombia and western Ecuador and widely cultivated as an ornamental in other regions. It is a natural hybrid between E. moorei and E. ... [more]

Season: Autumn

Lagerstroemia indica L.

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Lagerstroemia indica (crape myrtle, crepeflower) is a species in the Lythraceae family.It is a multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub or tree with a wide spreading, flat topped habit. The bark is smooth, gray and mottled, shedding each year. Leaves also shed each winter, after spectacular color display, and bare branches re-leaf early in the spring; leaves are small, smooth-edged, circular or oval-shaped, and dark green changing to yellow and orange and red in autumn. Flowers, on different trees, are white, pink, mauve, purple or carmine with crimped petals, in panicles up to 9 cm (3 1⁄2 in).

Season: Summer, Autumn

Crinum x amabile Donn ex Ker Gawl.

Sofia 

Season: Summer

Tabernaemontana divaricata (L.) R.Br. ex Roem. & Schult. 'Flore pleno'

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Tabernaemontana divaricata , commonly called pinwheelflower or crape jasmine, is a species from the Apocynaceae family. The representatives in this genus are tropical evergreen trees or deciduous shrubs that are naturally growing in South America, Africa, Madagascar, Australia, India and Singapore. The stem exudes ... [more]

Season: Summer

Oncidium ‘Jungle Monarch’

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The Oncidium family is very large and includes many flower varieties. The most common flower variety is often referred to as the "dancing lady". Most of the Oncidium types have thin leaves, pseudobulbs, and branching sprays with flowers colored in yellow and mahogany.   Oncidium 'Jungle Monarch' is a cross between Oncidium Debutante and Oncidium Maculatum and is now flowering the University Botanic Gardens in Sofia.

Season: Summer

Alcea rosea L.

Sofia 
Alcea rosea (common hollyhock) is an ornamental plant in the Malvaceae family. It was imported into Europe from southwestern China during, or possibly before, the 15th century. Alcea rosea is variously described as a biennial (having a two-year life cycle) or as a short-lived perennial. ... [more]

Season: Summer

Yucca gloriosa L.

Sofia 
Yucca gloriosa is an evergreen species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae. There are about 30 species in the Yucca genus, native to Central and South USA. It is caulescent, usually with several stems arising from the base, the base thickening in adult specimens. ... [more]

Season: Summer

Allium schoenoprasoides Regel

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Allium schoenoprasum is an edible species of the Allium genus that is also commonly known as Chives. This is a bulb-forming herbaceous perennial plant, growing up to 30–50 cm (12–20 in) tall, widespread in nature across Europe, Asia and North America. ... [more]

Season: Spring, Summer

Paeonia arborea L.

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Peony has been cultivated for over 4000 years and it is native to Asia, Southern Europe and North America. In China it is also called “The Emperor’s flower” as it has been grown in the royal gardens.   Paeonia is the only genus in the family Paeoniaceae consisting of about 40 species ... [more]

Season: Spring

Monanthes polyphylla L.

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Monanthes is a genus of small, succulent, subtropical plants of the Crassulaceae family. The species are mostly endemic to the Canary Islands and the Savage Islands. A representative of this genus, Monanthes polyphylla, is now flowering in the Sofia University botanic garden’s ... [more]

Season: Spring

Dicentra spectabilis Lem.

Sofia 

Season: Spring

Callistemon citrinus L.

Sofia 

Season: Spring

Sofia 

Season: Spring

Eranthis Hyemalis

Sofia 

Season: Spring

Euphorbia pulcherrima

Sofia 

Season: Winter

Begonia sceptrum Bull.

Sofia 

Season: Winter

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Sempervivum arachnoideum L. “Silberkarneol”

Sofia Balchik 

Season: Summer

Paeonia lactiflora Pall.

Sofia 

Season: Spring, Summer

Clematis x jakmanii Th. Moore

Sofia 

Season: Summer

Iris prismatica Pursh.

Sofia Varna

Season: Spring, Summer

Geranium sanguineum L.

Sofia 

Season: Spring

Clivia miniata Regel

Sofia 

Season: Spring

Aporocactus flagelliformis Lem.

Sofia 

Season: Spring, Summer

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Clematis recta L.

Sofia 

Season: Summer

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Vriesea

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Anthurium

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Ophiopogon

Sofia 

Billbergia

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Columnea hirta

Sofia 

Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Cattleya

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Amaryllis

Sofia 

Season: Spring

Camellia sinensis L.

Sofia 

Season: Spring, Autumn, Winter

Billbergia 'Windii'

Sofia Balchik 

Clivia miniata (Lindl.) Bosse

Sofia 

Season: Spring, Summer

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Season: Summer

Hydrangea macrophylla (Thunb.) Ser.

Sofia 

Season: Summer

Ananas comosus (L.) Merr.

Sofia 

Season: Spring

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