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Plant of the Week: Darmera peltata (Umbrella Plant)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The Shade Border is home to woodland plants from many parts of the world. One of the oddest is the umbrella plant (Darmera peltata), from the cool, wooded creek-sides…

Plant of the Week: Magnolia denudata (Yulan/Lily Magnolia)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Wave Hill’s grandest magnolia tree is the lily magnolia or yulan (Magnolia denudata). A prodigious presence on the edge of the lawn, it stands close to the Front Gate,…

Plant Hybridization in the Palm House: Case in Point

Horticultural Interpreter Alison Filosa works with Charles Day and the Public Programs Manager in Wave Hill’s Public Programs Department. As I explored the plants in the Palm House, the central section of the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory this past winter,…

Plant of the Week: Echium candicans ‘Variegata’ (Variegated Pride of Madeira/Star of Madeira)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The cool weather this past week may have put a temporary hold on spring, but only outside. Many of the plants in the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory are still…

Plant of the week: Scilla siberica (Siberian Squill)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The celebrated, sweeping, blue carpets at Wave Hill this time of year are usually attributed to the thousands of lesser glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa sardensis) covering the hillsides. But, as is…

Plant of the Week: Cornus officinalis ‘Kintoki’ (Japanese Cornel Dogwood cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This lovely, small tree is a cultivar of the Japanese cornel dogwood (Cornus officinalis ‘Kintoki’). Although related to our native flowering dogwood (Cornus florida), it is much closer in…

Plant of the Week: Helicodiceros muscivorus (Dead Horse Arum)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This oddity of the plant world has some of the same odoriferous qualities as its relatives, the famous—and huge—titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) and the Voodoo lily (Sauromatum venosum), which…

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: Crocus tommasinianus

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Horticultural Interpreter Alison Filosa works with Charles Day and the rest of Wave Hill’s Public Programs Department. Crocus tommasinianus is otherwise known as snow crocus as it is one of the first crocuses to bloom. Originally found on the hillsides…

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…