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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…

Plant of the Week: Solanum lasiophyllum (Flannel Bush)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. In late fall, the Palm House, the central section of the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory, fills up with intriguing and exotic plants. They all come from warmer regions of the…

Plant of the Week: Plumbago auriculata ‘Royal Cape’ (Cape Leadplant cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Our Cape leadplant (Plumbago auriculata ‘Royal Cape’) is a vigorous, climbing shrub thriving in the protection of the Palm House, the central section of the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory,…

Plant of the Week: Cerastium tomentosum (Snow-in-Summer)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. An old favorite of rock gardens and sunny borders, snow-in-summer (Cerastium tomentosum), is well named. In late spring into early summer, its masses of white flowers could be mistaken…

Plant Hybridization in the Palm House: Case in Point

Horticultural Interpreter Alison Filosa works with Charles Day and the Public Programs Manager in Wave Hill’s Public Programs Department. As I explored the plants in the Palm House, the central section of the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory this past winter,…

Plant of the Week: Echium candicans ‘Variegata’ (Variegated Pride of Madeira/Star of Madeira)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The cool weather this past week may have put a temporary hold on spring, but only outside. Many of the plants in the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory are still…

Plant of the Week: Helicodiceros muscivorus (Dead Horse Arum)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This oddity of the plant world has some of the same odoriferous qualities as its relatives, the famous—and huge—titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) and the Voodoo lily (Sauromatum venosum), which…

Plant of the Week: Aloe greatheadii var. davyana (Spotted Aloe)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. South Africa has a wide range of climates and a variety of plant habitats. The Western Cape, for example, is noted for its hot, dry summers and mild, moist…

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…