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Plant of the Week: Genista canariensis (Canary Island Broom)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  This cheery member of the pea and bean family (Fabaceae) comes from the sunny Canary Islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria. In climates with colder winters, such as here in…

Plant of the Week: Bartlettina sordida (syn. Eupatorium sordidum)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  This plant has several common names, including “dirty thoroughwort,” “blue mist flower” and “purple torch of the clouds.” It has more than one scientific name, too: it is now known…

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: Jasminum nudiflorum (Winter Jasmine)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. “What is that yellow flower?” is a frequent question from our winter visitors. As the common name suggests, winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) does indeed flower this time of year, but…

Plant of the Week: Lachenalia aloides var. aurea (Cape Cowslip/Opal Flower)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Lachenalia aloides var. aurea is one of the many winter-flowering South African bulbs that can be seen at Wave Hill this time of year. The Lachenalias are commonly referred to…

Plant of the Week: Ludisia discolor (Jewel Orchid)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Small and highly decorative, the jewel orchid is aptly named. It has attractive, dark-greenish-red leaves, marked with contrasting, pale veins. Spikes of small, pure-white and lightly fragrant flowers appear for…

Plant of the Week: Canarina canariensis (Canary Island Bellflower)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Native to pockets of cloud forest in the mountains of the Canary Islands, this climbing vine, shown here in the foreground of this first shot, is programmed to do all…

Plant of the Week: Tetradenia riparia (Iboza)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. A pleasant, spicy scent hangs in the air of the Palm House this time of year and its origin is not immediately obvious. Only when accidentally brushed does the culprit…

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…

Plant of the Week: Lapageria rosea (Chilean Bellflower)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. The Chilean bellflower is a climbing vine with lustrous, green leaves and waxy, glowing-pink flowers. Wave Hill’s lovely young specimen is blooming in the Palm House this month. It is…