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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…

Plant of the Week: Draba sp. (Whitlow Grass species)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This little, yellow-flowered, whitlow grass (Draba sp.) in Wave Hill’s T. H. Everett Alpine House was grown from seed exactly a year ago. It appeared among a batch of…

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: Holmskioldia sanguinea ‘Bronze’ (Parasol Flower cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This plant goes by several common names—parasol flower, Chinese hat plant, cup-and-saucer flower—all them alluding to the strange shape of its flowers. A narrow trumpet, formed by the tightly…

Plant of the Week: Galanthus elwesii (Greater Snowdrop)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Snowdrops are a welcome sight in late winter. Their snowy-white blooms often appear in milder spells in early February. Even during colder conditions they will still develop and are…

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…