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Plant of the Week: Bartlettina sordida (syn. Eupatorium sordidum)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  This plant has several common names, including “dirty thoroughwort,” “blue mist flower” and “purple torch of the clouds.” It has more than one scientific name, too: it is now known…

Plant of the Week: Strongylodon macrobotrys (Jade Vine)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Turquoise is not a common color in the plant world but that is exactly the hue of the extraordinary blooms of the jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys). Native to the Philippines,…

Plant of the Week: Helleborus foetidus (Stinking Hellebore)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Stinking hellebore, despite its unfortunate name, is a very welcome sight in the early spring. Its light-green flowers and their Chartreuse bracts—leaf-like structures that surround them—contrast nicely with the finely…

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: Hamamelis ×intermedia ‘Orange Beauty’ (Witch Hazel cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Winter-blooming witch hazels are one of the joys of a visit to the garden in February. They are in flower throughout the month whenever the weather is not completely frigid—even…

Plant of the Week: Jasminum nudiflorum (Winter Jasmine)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. “What is that yellow flower?” is a frequent question from our winter visitors. As the common name suggests, winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) does indeed flower this time of year, but…

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…