Sandy Masuo

Botanical Content Specialist
Department: Botanical Administration & Planning


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Left: Georg Dionysius Ehret (1708–1770), Aloe Africana, Flore Rubro, undated, mid-18th century, opaque watercolor and pen and black ink on laid paper, 21 1/4 x 15 in. The Huntington Library, Art…
Posted on Jul. 26, 2022
Although all aroids flower, their striking foliage is the main attraction for many people. Philodendron “lynamii” is a provisional name for a potentially new species from Peru. The glossy leaves…
Posted on Jul. 5, 2022
One of two Amorphophallus titanum, or Titan Arums, that bloomed in 2019. As with eminent sports and entertainment stars, the Amorphophallus titanum has inspired such nicknames as the Corpse Flower (…
Posted on Jun. 28, 2022
Cleveland Sage (Salvia clevelandii) is a hardy, fragrant shrub native to the Southwest. It is one of many drought-tolerant species that add beauty to The Huntington’s parking lot year-round with…
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Valencia oranges are popular for juicing and eating out of hand. The Huntington’s orchard contains about 500 trees of this variety. Photo by Sandy Masuo. Anyone who has ever been overwhelmed by a…
Posted on Mar. 29, 2022
The ornamental cherry is a signature plant in the Japanese Garden. Among the many cultivated varieties (cultivars) that have been developed, this one, Prunus serrulata ‘Pink Cloud’, originated at…
Posted on Feb. 9, 2022
The shiny, metallic patch on this bee orchid (Ophrys speculum) mimics the gleaming abdomen of a female bee. It is commonly known as the mirror orchid. Photo by Aric Allen. Roses are red, and…
Posted on Dec. 8, 2021
Every winter, toyon plants produce an opulent banquet of berries that is a feast for the eyes and for local birds. Photo by Aric Allen. Toyon is brightening winter landscapes throughout Southern…


Posted on Dec. 19, 2023

When Henry E. Huntington purchased his estate in 1903, plant conservation was not foremost in his plans, but his passion for rare and unusual plants created the foundation for botanical collections that are significant to conservation initiatives in the 21st century.

Posted on Oct. 3, 2023

In 1905, Henry E. Huntington asked his superintendent of grounds, William Hertrich, if it was possible to grow an avocado orchard. Hertrich replied that he would be willing to make the experiment. More than a century later, the avocado experiment continues, linking communities and expanding our understanding of plant science.

Posted on Jul. 18, 2023

A stroll through The Huntington’s gardens is a feast for the senses. Enhancing the plants’ beauty are their scintillating floral scents, but plants do not produce them for our pleasure. Indeed, many flowers exude odors that are unpleasant. Whether sweet or stinky, they share a common goal: reproduction.