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Plant of the Week: Nymphaea ‘Marliacea Chromatella’ (Water Lily cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Claude Monet’s passion for painting water lilies was the direct result of the horticultural efforts of another Frenchman, Joseph Bory Latour-Marliac. Until the late 19th century all species of…

Plant of the Week: Euphorbia cyathophora (Fire-on-the-Mountain)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Fire-on-the-mountain (Euphorbia cyathophoroa) is native to much of the Americas and is a self-sowing annual. That means that although the plant will live for only one growing season, the…

Plant of the Week: Ajania pacifica (Gold and Silver Chrysanthemum)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The gold and silver chrysanthemum (Ajania pacifica) is the last plant of the fall to bloom in our Flower Garden. Despite the lateness of the season, and recent frosts,…

Plant of the Week: Mahonia eurybracteata (Grape Holly species)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This small, evergreen shrub is blooming now in our Palm House, the middle section of the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory. Native to western China, Mahonia eurybracteata has delicate, narrow…

Plant of the Week: Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum’ (Japanese Maple cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The recent, hard frosts may have shortened this year’s fall foliage display out on the grounds, but inside the T. H. Everett Alpine House, our little Japanese maple (Acer…

Plant of the Week: Clematis tibetana (Orange Peel Clematis)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Visitors at this time of the year often remark about the fluffy pom-poms near the central entrance to our Flower Garden. They are the seed heads of the orange…

Plant of the Week: Enkianthus perulatus ‘Compactus’ (White Enkianthus cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Some of the finest fall color in the garden can come in a small package. Sitting in front of Glyndor Gallery and slowly turning more intensely-hued each day is…

Plant of the Week: Rhus copallina (Shining, or Winged, Sumac)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The shining sumac (Rhus copallina) is native to eastern North America and is often found in large colonies on hillsides and along country roads. It is a spectacular sight…

Plant of the Week: Salvia guaranitica ‘Blue Ensign’ (Anise-scented Sage Cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Much of the floral color in the garden at this time of year is provided by our large collection of ornamental sages. Related to the culinary sage (Salvia officinalis),…

Plant of the Week: Luffa aegyptiaca (Loofah)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. A stroll under the pergola beside our Monocot Garden will reveal a remarkable sight: nearly two dozen large gourds, hanging from the beams above. The majority of them, the…