Cloud Forest Bloom at San Francisco Botanical Garden

A flowering display of rare and endangered plants native to the tropical cloud forests of Mesoamerica

Bomarea petraea Photo: James Gaither

Bomarea petraea Photo: James Gaither

From our friends at the San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG):

Due to our foggy weather here in San Francisco, the Garden is one of the only outdoor botanical gardens in the world where these endangered and alluring plants from the misty highland tropics can thrive … so it’s a very rare treat to see these plants in full bloom without having to climb the Andes …these rarities are amongst the Garden’s greatest treasures and our collection is critical to the conservation of many of these species.

Foggy San Francisco may not seem like the tropics to most, but for hundreds of rare and endangered plants native to the world’s misty cloud forests, it feels like home. San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) is one of the only outdoor botanical gardens in the world where the alluring beauties of these high elevation forests thrive, and fall is the best time to see the Garden’s enchanting cloud forest bloom.

Montanoa pteropoda Photo: James Gaither

Montanoa pteropoda Photo: James Gaither

In the Mesoamerican Cloud Forest Garden, visitors can see a whole variety of delicate and unusual fuchsias dangling gracefully overhead, towering tree daisies, vibrant salvias and much more. This colorful jungle of flowering plants is representative of typical cloud forest plant communities in southern Mexico and throughout Central America.

As luck would have it, I’m off to the Bay Area this week for a lovely 10-day vacation. My husband has his sights set on a Giants game—but I’m headed to SFBG to see the remarkable blooming Cloud Forest.

Deppea splendens Photo: James Gaither

Deppea splendens Photo: James Gaither