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Plant of the Week: Aloe greatheadii var. davyana (Spotted Aloe)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. South Africa has a wide range of climates and a variety of plant habitats. The Western Cape, for example, is noted for its hot, dry summers and mild, moist…

Plant of the Week: Pelargonium crithmifolium (Samphire-leaved Pelargonium)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Pelargoniums—familiarly called “geraniums”—come in many shapes and sizes. Almost all are native to Southern Africa and some of them come from surprisingly dry habitats. The sturdy-looking, samphire-leaved pelargonium (Pelargonium…

Plant of the Week: Crassula rupestris (Concertina Plant)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This week, our little concertina plant (Crassula rupestris) is putting on its annual display of neatly clustered pink flowers in the Cactus and Succulent House, the right-hand wing of…

Plant of the Week: Aeonium arboreum ‘Atropurpureum’ (Purple Tree Aeoneum)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Blooming now in our Cactus and Succulent House—the right-hand wing on the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory— is the purple form of the tree aeoneum (Aeonium arboreum ‘Atropurpureum’). It stands…

Plant of the Week: Mammillaria hahniana (Pincushion Cactus)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Despite their fearsome appearance, members of the cactus family (Cactaceae) produce some surprisingly delicate flowers. Wide-spreading and colorful, the petals can be so fine as to be nearly transparent….

Plant of the Week: Boophone disticha (Oxbane)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Over the last few months, we have seen a succession of glorious South African bulbs blooming under glass at Wave Hill. The last of these, and largest, is the oxbane…

Plant of the Week: Strongylodon macrobotrys (Jade Vine)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Turquoise is not a common color in the plant world but that is exactly the hue of the extraordinary blooms of the jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys). Native to the Philippines,…

Plant of the Week: Haworthia pygmaea

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. The Cactus and Succulent House is especially appealing in winter, not just because it is a warm refuge but because the clear winter sunlight accentuates the various, sometimes bizarre, forms…