Common name: Cobra lily, Pennants Origin: South Aftrica Uses: A winter blooming bulb that if left undisturbed will form mounds over years. The plants will go dormant during summer months. The flowers are very attractive to hummingbirds and make excellent cut flowers.
Common name: Gold dust, Basket of gold Uses: A perennial groundcover that is drought tolerant once established. Prefers sun and well drained soil, it will bloom from April to June. The flowers attract bees and butterflies. A new introduction to Alcatraz in 2007 for its bright yellow flowers and drought tolerance.
Common name: Calla lily Origin: South Africa Uses: Perennial plants that grow from rhizomes. Grown for the very elegant flowers. This yellow variety adds color to the garden and makes a great cut flower.
Common name: Century plant Origin: Southwestern USA Uses: Great for a specimen plant. These architectural plants will flower once after 8 -10 years with a dramatic flower stalk. The plant will die after putting all of its energy into the flower. New plantlets will form at the base of the parent. Native Americans used the fiber in the leaves, complete with a needle on the tips. First shows up in an 1890’s photo of Officer’s Row in planters. Early Army photos also show this plant on the south end of the Island along the walk known as ‘Lover’s Lane’.