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Plant of the Week: Angelica gigas (Korean Angelica)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Korean angelica has the familiar appearance of many members of the parsley family (Apiaceae), except that the umbrella-shaped flower-clusters (umbels) and stems are a deep maroon color, rather than…

Plant of the Week: Kirengeshoma palmata (Yellow Wax Bells)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Yellow wax bells (Kirengeshoma palmata) is an exception to the rule that most shade-loving perennials bloom in the spring. Growing to a stately six feet tall and producing numerous…

Plant of the Week: Sarracenia flava (Yellow Pitcher Plant)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Exotic-looking and bizarre, pitcher plants could be from a mythical tropical jungle, or even another planet! In reality they are native to much of North America, where they are…

Plant of the Week: Gladiolus murielae (Abyssinian Gladiolus)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Some of the blooms in the garden at this time of year are courtesy of the summer-flowering bulbs which our gardeners planted in spring. One of these is the…

Plant of the Week: Clethra alnifolia (Summersweet/Sweet Pepperbush)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. There are plenty of reasons to take a stroll in our Shade Border on a hot afternoon in late summer. Most obviously, it is a good place to find…

Plant of the Week: Vitex agnus-castus (Chaste Tree)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) is a large shrub that is only just winter-hardy in our climate. When grown with some protection, such as against the sunny wall, however,…

Plant of the Week: Hesperaloe parviflora (Red Yucca)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Native to western Texas and northern Mexico, the red yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora) might not be expected to survive outdoors in the Bronx, yet we have specimens which have thrived…

Plant of the Week: Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Prairie Sunset’ (Ox-eye Sunflower Cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter.  The ox-eye sunflower is an imposing plant, native to much of central North America, where it may be found in tall grass prairies and light woodlands. The wild species…

Plant of the Week: Maianthemum stellatum (Starry False Solomon’s Seal)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  The white, star-shaped flowers of this spring-blooming plant may have long since finished, but they are replaced by fascinating fruits. As they ripen, the fruits turn from green to dark…

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…