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Plant of the Week: Lachenalia aloides var. aurea (Cape Cowslip/Opal Flower)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Lachenalia aloides var. aurea is one of the many winter-flowering South African bulbs that can be seen at Wave Hill this time of year. The Lachenalias are commonly referred to…

Plant of the Week: Ludisia discolor (Jewel Orchid)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Small and highly decorative, the jewel orchid is aptly named. It has attractive, dark-greenish-red leaves, marked with contrasting, pale veins. Spikes of small, pure-white and lightly fragrant flowers appear for…

Plant of the Week: Canarina canariensis (Canary Island Bellflower)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Native to pockets of cloud forest in the mountains of the Canary Islands, this climbing vine, shown here in the foreground of this first shot, is programmed to do all…

Plant of the Week: Tetradenia riparia (Iboza)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. A pleasant, spicy scent hangs in the air of the Palm House this time of year and its origin is not immediately obvious. Only when accidentally brushed does the culprit…

Plant of the Week: Lapageria rosea (Chilean Bellflower)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. The Chilean bellflower is a climbing vine with lustrous, green leaves and waxy, glowing-pink flowers. Wave Hill’s lovely young specimen is blooming in the Palm House this month. It is…

Plant of the Week: Dombeya burgessiae ‘Seminole’

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Although a member of the mallow family (Malvaceae), this decorative flowering shrub has been called the “tropical rose hydrangea” and it’s not hard to see why: it does look very…

Plant of the Week: Haemanthus deformis (Haemanthus sp.)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. This curious flower is just one of the many South African bulbs that may be seen during the winter months in the Palm House, the central greenhouse of the Marco…

Plant of the Week: Hakonechloa macra (Japanese Forest Grass)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra), as it slowly fades from its summer green to pale straw, is one of the loveliest sights in the garden this time of year. It…

Holiday Preening

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Laurel Rimmer is Wave Hill’s Assistant Director of Public Programs. This week a collaborative group of staff and volunteers added some seasonal sparkle to Wave Hill with nature and garden-inspired décor for the holidays that draws on the muted hues…

Plant of the Week: Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis (Buddha’s Hand Citron)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. This weird-looking citrus fruit is a natural, and extraordinary, variation of the more regular, round-shaped citron (Citrus medica). The Buddha’s hand (Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis) originated in China and for…