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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…

Plant of the Week: Mahonia eurybracteata (Grape Holly species)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This small, evergreen shrub is blooming now in our Palm House, the middle section of the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory. Native to western China, Mahonia eurybracteata has delicate, narrow…

Plant of the Week: Solanum quitoense (Naranjilla)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Guarding the entrance to the Conservatory, and lurking in the both the Paisley Bed and the Herb Garden, is the spectacular, if slightly sinister, Solanum quitoense. It is a…

Plant of the Week: Grevillea ‘Austraflora Fanfare’ (Grevillea hybrid)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Grevillea ‘Austraflora Fanfare’ has lustrous, finely cut foliage and a decidedly wide, spreading habit. New growth emerges a metallic-bronze and the blooms, which are appearing now, are like little upturned…

Plant of the Week: Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem Sage)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  The Jerusalem sage (Phlomis fruticosa) is a native of the warm lands of the eastern Mediterranean but survives the cold winters here in the Northeast provided it has some shelter….

Plant of the Week: Cryptanthus fosterianus ‘Elaine’ (Earth Star cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Wave Hill’s Tropical House, the left-hand arm of the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory, contains many decorative plants, and one of the most striking is Cryptanthus fosterianus ‘Elaine,’ a member of…

Plant of the Week: Boophone disticha (Oxbane)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Over the last few months, we have seen a succession of glorious South African bulbs blooming under glass at Wave Hill. The last of these, and largest, is the oxbane…

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,…