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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….

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…