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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…

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…

Plant of the Week: Magnolia ×soulangeana ‘Lennei’ (Saucer Magnolia cultivar)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  The severe cold spell in March—which followed an extraordinarily warm February—damaged the swelling buds of many of our spring-flowering magnolias. The result has been a rather scattershot display this month….

Plant of the Week: Chionodoxa luciliae ‘Alba’ (Glory-of-the-Snow cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Wave Hill is renowned for its carpets of blue glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa sardensis) each spring. The display has been quite a spectacle over the past few weeks, but not all glories-of-the-snow…