A garden oasis and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River

Plant of the Week: Nemesia cheiranthus ‘Masquerade’

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.

Among the spring plantings in the beds on the Kate French Terrace outside Wave Hill House and The Café is this new and slightly bizarre little annual.

in-situIt’s called the long-eared nemesia—Nemesia cheiranthus ‘Masquerade’ —but its strange, white, tubular petals look as if they could almost be long, white horns jutting up above its little, face-like flowers.

close-up

The species is native to South Africa and seed companies offer at least two cultivated varieties (cultivars), including ‘Masquerade.’

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>