Two weeks ago I was at my amazing rose job in Pasadena(she has 300 or so roses and the garden is beautiful and park like) and I saw this plant! Her other gardener had planted it in a big pot with a Citrus. It had no tag and I couldn't find him to ask. So I took a pic and tried to figure it out. I Googled what I thought it might be with no luck. I posted the pic on Instagram asking for an ID. No help. I posted the pic on Annie's Annuals Facebook page with no answer! I was at Green Thumb Nursery in Canoga Park last Saturday for our San Fernando Valley Iris Society Iris show for most of the day. I showed the nursery people there the pic and got an answer. It's a Brachyscomb but they didn't have it! Say Brak-EE-Comb. It has quite different leaves and colored flowers from the common Brachyscomb I've seen. Now I knew what to Google! A little search came up with Brachyscomb "Radient Magenta". I asked for it at Lincoln Ave. Nursery in Pasadena and Armstrong in Glendale with no luck. Struck out at 3 nurseries. But I was on a mission!
So today was the members day of the annual Huntington Library & Botanic Gardens PLANT SALE! It's a big deal and everyone goes! I got there and looked around and picked up a blooming bulb. Then I found my friend Mitzi who was volunteering near the perennials. I showed her the pic. She said she would look for it. A minute later I spied some bright magenta on a table. And THEY HAD IT!! I was so happy that I bought 3 of them! Yay for new plants!