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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…

Plant of the Week: Crassula rupestris (Concertina Plant)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This week, our little concertina plant (Crassula rupestris) is putting on its annual display of neatly clustered pink flowers in the Cactus and Succulent House, the right-hand wing of…

Plant of the Week: Aeonium arboreum ‘Atropurpureum’ (Purple Tree Aeoneum)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Blooming now in our Cactus and Succulent House—the right-hand wing on the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory— is the purple form of the tree aeoneum (Aeonium arboreum ‘Atropurpureum’). It stands…

Plant of the Week: Holmskioldia sanguinea ‘Bronze’ (Parasol Flower cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This plant goes by several common names—parasol flower, Chinese hat plant, cup-and-saucer flower—all them alluding to the strange shape of its flowers. A narrow trumpet, formed by the tightly…