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Plant of the Week: Asarum canadense (Wild Ginger)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. One could be forgiven for missing the blooms of this native woodland plant. Small, reddish-brown in color, and resting on the ground, they are not entirely obvious but, for all…

Plant of the Week: Magnolia ×loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’ (Magnolia cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This spring has been kind to our magnolias. Mild days, cool nights (with no damaging frosts so far) have resulted in a fine show. Among the group of small magnolias…

Plant of the Week: Leucojum vernum (Spring Snowflake)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The spring snowflake (Leucojum vernum) is an enchanting flowering bulb. Its nodding, paper-lantern-like blooms appear in early spring. Pure white, the blooms have a small dab of yellow or green near…

Plant of the Week: Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica (Puschkinia Variety)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The spectacle of thousands of blue-flowered glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa sardensis) captures the attention at Wave Hill at this time of the year, but tucked away in odd corners are small pockets…

Plant of the Week: Iris ‘Katharine Hodgkin’ (Iris cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This diminutive iris (Iris ‘Katharine Hodgkin’) is a member of the Reticulata Group of irises. The group includes hybrids and cultivars derived from Iris reticulata and other small species of…

Plant of the Week: Hamamelis ×intermedia ‘Primavera’ (Witch Hazel cultivar)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Hamamelis ×intermedia ‘Primavera’ is one of the last of the winter-flowering witch hazels to bloom at Wave Hill. In fact, in most years it justifies the cultivar name—primavera is the…

Plant of the Week: Watsonia vanderspuyiae (Watsonia species)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Watsonia vanderspuyiae has dramatic, sword-shaped foliage and tall spikes of deep-red flowers. A member of the iris family (Iridaceae), Watsonia vanderspuyiae is native to the Northern and Western Cape of South…

Plant of the Week: Dioscorea elephantipes (Elephant’s Foot)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Wave Hill’s Cactus and Succulent House, which occupies the right-hand wing of the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory, contains some decidedly weird-looking plants. One of the most bizarre is the elephant’s…

Plant of the Week: Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Despite threats of snow and freezing temperatures, some early-blooming plants start to wake up during the second half of February. The cheerful winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) is emerging now in…

Plant of the Week: Viola ‘Conte di Brazza’ (Parma Violet cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. A visit to the T.H. Everett Alpine House on a sunny day this week will be rewarded by a waft of delicious perfume. Its source is this white, double-flowered cultivar…