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Plant of the Week: Callirhoe involucrata (Poppy Mallow)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Native to central and southern United States and northern Mexico, this member of the mallow family (Malvaceae) is an attractive and tough ground-cover plant. Procumbent (sprawling) stems emerge from a…

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: Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis (Dwarf Sweet Box)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Dwarf sweet box (Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis) is a low-growing evergreen shrub that blooms in late winter or very early spring. The flowers are small, white and very fragrant. In…

Plant of the Week: Adonis amurensis (Adonis/Pheasant’s-eye)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  One of the very first perennials to bloom at the start of the growing season is the cheerful, yellow-flowered Adonis amurensis. It usually flowers right after the winter snows have…

Plant of the Week: Salvia leucantha ‘Santa Barbara’ (Mexican Bush Sage cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. This late-blooming salvia provides color and interest up to the very end of fall. Its soft, velvety spikes of purple flowers contrast wonderfully against the yellows and browns seen in…

Plant of the Week: Aster lateriflorus ‘Lady in Black’ (Calico Aster Cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. The calico aster is a native of eastern North America and, although known in the trade as Aster lateriflorus, has been reclassified by taxonomists as Symphiotrichum lateriflorum. As with other…

Plant of the Week: Helianthus porteri (Porter’s Sunflower)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. When we see the jaunty yellow blooms of this diminutive member of the sunflower tribe, we know that autumn has arrived. It is an annual plant and drops its seeds…

Plant of the Week: Cardiospermum halicacabum (Love-in-a-Puff)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Commonly known as balloon vine or love-in-a-puff, Cardiospermum halicacabum is a small vine originating from the tropics of Central and South America, but is equally happy growing here each summer…

Plant of the Week: Talinum paniculatum ‘Kingswood Gold’ (Jewels of Opar Cultivar)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Talinum panicualtum is a semi-succulent plant that is native to much of the Americas, including the southern part of the US. It is an annual, meaning that it will germinate,…

Plant of the Week: Daucus carota ‘Dara’ (Queen Anne’s Lace Cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. The wild form of this plant, which is native to Eurasia, has plain white flowers and is commonly called Queen Anne’s lace. The flat clusters of tiny white blooms do…