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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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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…