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Plant of the Week: Colchicum spp. (Autumn Crocuses)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Late September brings the surprising blooms of the autumn crocus (Colchicum spp.). Large and pink (or white, in some selections), they seem to pop up from the ground with…

Plant of the Week: Seseli gummiferum (Moon Carrot)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Moon carrot is an odd name for this rather odd-looking plant. As a member of Apiaceae (the parsley family), it is indeed a relative of the carrot, but its…

Plant of the Week: Angelica gigas (Korean Angelica)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Korean angelica has the familiar appearance of many members of the parsley family (Apiaceae), except that the umbrella-shaped flower-clusters (umbels) and stems are a deep maroon color, rather than…

Plant of the Week: Kirengeshoma palmata (Yellow Wax Bells)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Yellow wax bells (Kirengeshoma palmata) is an exception to the rule that most shade-loving perennials bloom in the spring. Growing to a stately six feet tall and producing numerous…

Plant of the Week: Sarracenia flava (Yellow Pitcher Plant)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Exotic-looking and bizarre, pitcher plants could be from a mythical tropical jungle, or even another planet! In reality they are native to much of North America, where they are…

Plant of the Week: Gladiolus murielae (Abyssinian Gladiolus)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Some of the blooms in the garden at this time of year are courtesy of the summer-flowering bulbs which our gardeners planted in spring. One of these is the…

Plant of the Week: Clethra alnifolia (Summersweet/Sweet Pepperbush)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. There are plenty of reasons to take a stroll in our Shade Border on a hot afternoon in late summer. Most obviously, it is a good place to find…

Plant of the Week: Vitex agnus-castus (Chaste Tree)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) is a large shrub that is only just winter-hardy in our climate. When grown with some protection, such as against the sunny wall, however,…

Wave Hill Nallies at Hortie Hoopla

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Louis Bauer is Wave Hill’s Senior Director of Horticulture. Earlier this week I shepherded our crew of five John Nally interns to the fifth anniversary of New York Botanical Garden’s “Annual Green Industry Intern Field Day,”  informally known as “Hortie Hoopla,”…

Plant of the Week: Hesperaloe parviflora (Red Yucca)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Native to western Texas and northern Mexico, the red yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora) might not be expected to survive outdoors in the Bronx, yet we have specimens which have thrived…