A garden oasis and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River

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: Cunninghamia lanceolata ‘Glauca’ (China Fir cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The China fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata) is a handsome tree from Southeast Asia. We have three specimens in the Conifer Slope, to the north of Wave Hill House. Two of…

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: Ajania pacifica (Gold and Silver Chrysanthemum)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The gold and silver chrysanthemum (Ajania pacifica) is the last plant of the fall to bloom in our Flower Garden. Despite the lateness of the season, and recent frosts,…

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: Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum’ (Japanese Maple cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The recent, hard frosts may have shortened this year’s fall foliage display out on the grounds, but inside the T. H. Everett Alpine House, our little Japanese maple (Acer…

Plant of the Week: Clematis tibetana (Orange Peel Clematis)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Visitors at this time of the year often remark about the fluffy pom-poms near the central entrance to our Flower Garden. They are the seed heads of the orange…