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Plant of the Week: Iris ‘Katharine Hodgkin’ (Iris cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This diminutive iris (Iris ‘Katharine Hodgkin’) is a member of the Reticulata Group of irises. The group includes hybrids and cultivars derived from Iris reticulata and other small species of…

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: 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…

Plant of the Week: Aloe mcloughlinii (Mcloughlin’s Aloe)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. There are many aloes—more than 500 species—and most of them are native to eastern and southern Africa. They vary in size and habit but they all have a rosette of…

Plant of the Week: Tetradenia riparia (Iboza)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This aromatic plant is one of the gardeners’ favorites and is worthy of being featured again. It made its first appearance on the blog in January 2017. A pleasant spicy…

Plant of the Week: Lachenalia quadricolor (Four-color Cape Cowslip)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This four-color Cape cowslip (Lachenalia quadricolor) is one of the first of a succession of South African bulbs which will be on display during the winter months in our Palm…

Plant of the Week: Begonia fuchsioides (Fuchsia-flowered Begonia)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This glossy-leaved begonia, with its deep-red stems and light-pink flowers, is called the fuchsia-flowered begonia because at a casual glance it could be mistaken for a fuchsia. Many hundreds of…

Plant of the Week: Veltheimia capensis (Sand Lily)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The sand lily (Veltheimia capensis) is one of many South African bulbs that will be on display this winter in the Palm House, the central section of the Marco Polo…