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Plant of the Week: Malus sargentii ‘Tina’ (Crabapple cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. There are many types of crabapple—more than 400, if one includes all the species and cultivars—and they reward the gardener with blossom in spring and ornamental fruit in fall. We…

Plant of the Week: Stylophorum diphyllum (Celandine Poppy)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Native to much of eastern North America, the celandine poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum) is a welcome, self-seeding perennial that can light up a shady corner of the garden in spring. It…

Plant of the Week: Asarum canadense (Wild Ginger)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. One could be forgiven for missing the blooms of this native woodland plant. Small, reddish-brown in color, and resting on the ground, they are not entirely obvious but, for all…

Plant of the Week: Leucojum vernum (Spring Snowflake)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The spring snowflake (Leucojum vernum) is an enchanting flowering bulb. Its nodding, paper-lantern-like blooms appear in early spring. Pure white, the blooms have a small dab of yellow or green near…

Plant of the Week: Hamamelis ×intermedia ‘Primavera’ (Witch Hazel cultivar)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Hamamelis ×intermedia ‘Primavera’ is one of the last of the winter-flowering witch hazels to bloom at Wave Hill. In fact, in most years it justifies the cultivar name—primavera is the…

Plant of the Week: Watsonia vanderspuyiae (Watsonia species)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Watsonia vanderspuyiae has dramatic, sword-shaped foliage and tall spikes of deep-red flowers. A member of the iris family (Iridaceae), Watsonia vanderspuyiae is native to the Northern and Western Cape of South…

Plant of the Week: Dioscorea elephantipes (Elephant’s Foot)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Wave Hill’s Cactus and Succulent House, which occupies the right-hand wing of the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory, contains some decidedly weird-looking plants. One of the most bizarre is the elephant’s…

Plant of the Week: Viola ‘Conte di Brazza’ (Parma Violet cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. A visit to the T.H. Everett Alpine House on a sunny day this week will be rewarded by a waft of delicious perfume. Its source is this white, double-flowered cultivar…

Plant of the Week: Hesperantha vaginata (Harlequin Evening Flower)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. These striking, yellow and brown blooms belong to the harlequin evening flower (Hesperantha vaginata), a member of the iris family (Iridaceae). Native to a high plateau in the southwest of…

Plant of the Week: Lapeirousia silenoides (Lapeirousia species)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Among the many colorful flowering South African bulbs one of the most jewel-like is Lapeirousia silenoides. It is a tiny plant, barely 4 inches high, but it produces a succession…