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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…

Plant of the Week: Acacia baileyana var. purpurea – Cootamundra Wattle (Purple Form)

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Alison Filosa joined Wave Hill in late fall 2017 as Horticultural Interpreter. A former John Nally Intern at Wave Hill, she has experience in both private and public horticulture, including the Queens Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Bridge Park and the High…

Plant of the Week: Myrmecodia tuberosa (Ant Plant)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Ant plants have a unique symbiotic relationship. The plant provides accommodation while the ants provide nutrition. Hidden inside the thickened stem are dozens of chambers, some larger than others,…

Plant of the Week: Haemanthus deformis (Paintbrush Lily)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Aptly named, this odd-looking plant from South Africa does indeed resemble an upturned paintbrush. Technically, the “flower” is actually a tight cluster of small, white blooms. Each bloom supports…

Plant of the Week: Citrus × meyeri (Meyer Lemon)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. An impressive young Meyer lemon tree (Citrus × meyeri), covered with beautiful golden-yellow fruits, stands in the Palm House, the central section of our Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory. It is…

Plant of the Week: Mammillaria hahniana (Pincushion Cactus)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Despite their fearsome appearance, members of the cactus family (Cactaceae) produce some surprisingly delicate flowers. Wide-spreading and colorful, the petals can be so fine as to be nearly transparent….