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Plant of the Week: Haemanthus deformis (Paintbrush Lily)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Aptly named, this odd-looking plant from South Africa does indeed resemble an upturned paintbrush. Technically, the “flower” is actually a tight cluster of small, white blooms. Each bloom supports…

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: Antirrhinum hispanicum ‘Gummy’ (Spanish Snapdragon cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Most snapdragons have dark-green, glossy foliage and spikes of flowers ranging in color from white and yellow, through pink and orange, to a dark red. The Spanish snapdragon (Antirrhinum…

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: 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: Begonia grandis ‘Alba’ (Hardy Begonia cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Most begonias need the protection of a greenhouse for the winter, but Begonia grandis, a species from East Asia, is a hardy exception and it will survive outside throughout…

Plant of the Week: Colchicum spp. (Autumn Crocuses)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Late September brings the surprising blooms of the autumn crocus (Colchicum spp.). Large and pink (or white, in some selections), they seem to pop up from the ground with…

Plant of the Week: Seseli gummiferum (Moon Carrot)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Moon carrot is an odd name for this rather odd-looking plant. As a member of Apiaceae (the parsley family), it is indeed a relative of the carrot, but its…

Plant of the Week: Angelica gigas (Korean Angelica)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Korean angelica has the familiar appearance of many members of the parsley family (Apiaceae), except that the umbrella-shaped flower-clusters (umbels) and stems are a deep maroon color, rather than…