Celebrate Fremont's 50th Anniversary Blog: The Fremontia

Monday, July 10, 2006

The Fremontia

Check out the official flower of the city of Fremont.

The fremontia's five petals are said to represent the five districts of Fremont. The leaves are covered with hairs which give the flower a fuzzy, flannel-like feeling.

It is tolerant of smog and drought resistant but does best in well-watered but well-drained situations. This species produces showy displays of lemon-yellow saucer-like flowers followed by bristly brown capsules. The largely tropical family to which Fremontia belongs includes such economically important plants as Cola (a source of caffeine) and Theobroma (cocoa).

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