A garden oasis and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River

Plant of the Week: Sagittaria lancifolia (Lance-leaved Sagittaria–red stemmed form) & Thalia dealbata (Powdery Thalia)

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

Should you be strolling along the hedge-lined path that connects the Wild Garden with the Shade Border, you will encounter two, water-filled planters tucked into little greenery nooks. They are each occupied by an exceptionally beautiful aquatic plant.


Sagitarria-up-closeOne of them, the lance-leaved sagittaria (Sagittaria lancifolia, pictured above), has graceful, narrow foliage that stands erect on deep crimson stems.

The other is powdery thalia (Thalia dealbata, pictured below), an equally elegant aquatic plant, with grey-green leaves and long, arching flower stalks, topped with clusters of violet-pink blooms.one-pot-in-context


THalia-up-closeThalia-flowersBoth of these plants have resided in the Aquatic Garden pond for many years and may well be familiar to you. This summer, though, the gardener who manages this area decided to display them in these gorgeous, ceramic containers. The harmonious combination of the powdery-blue and burgundy-red glaze with these wonderful plants is a perfect example of gardening as an art.

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