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Plant of the Week: Cornus officinalis ‘Kintoki’ (Japanese Cornel Dogwood cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This lovely, small tree is a cultivar of the Japanese cornel dogwood (Cornus officinalis ‘Kintoki’). Although related to our native flowering dogwood (Cornus florida), it is much closer in…

Plant of the Week: Helicodiceros muscivorus (Dead Horse Arum)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This oddity of the plant world has some of the same odoriferous qualities as its relatives, the famous—and huge—titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) and the Voodoo lily (Sauromatum venosum), which…

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: Crocus tommasinianus

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Horticultural Interpreter Alison Filosa works with Charles Day and the rest of Wave Hill’s Public Programs Department. Crocus tommasinianus is otherwise known as snow crocus as it is one of the first crocuses to bloom. Originally found on the hillsides…

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: Draba sp. (Whitlow Grass species)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This little, yellow-flowered, whitlow grass (Draba sp.) in Wave Hill’s T. H. Everett Alpine House was grown from seed exactly a year ago. It appeared among a batch of…

Plant of the Week: Eremurus himalaicus (Foxtail Lily)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  The Wild Garden this week is graced by the stately blooms of the foxtail lily. Its tall flower spikes arise out the strap-like green foliage and seem to appear in…

Plant of the Week: Disporum cantoniense ‘Night Heron’ (Canton Fairy Bells cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  The Shade Border in May is filled with masses of brightly colored blooms, all set against the green backdrop of fresh spring foliage. Look more closely, though, and you might…

Plant of the Week: Cryptanthus fosterianus ‘Elaine’ (Earth Star cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Wave Hill’s Tropical House, the left-hand arm of the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory, contains many decorative plants, and one of the most striking is Cryptanthus fosterianus ‘Elaine,’ a member of…

Plant of the Week: Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus ‘Lynnhaven Carpet’ (Robin’s Plantain cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Under the linden tree in front of Wave Hill House are several patches of this excellent native ground cover plant.   In the wild, Robin’s plantain (Erigeron pulchellus) is found…