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Plant of the Week: Hamamelis ×intermedia ‘Primavera’ (Witch Hazel cultivar)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Hamamelis ×intermedia ‘Primavera’ is one of the last of the winter-flowering witch hazels to bloom at Wave Hill. In fact, in most years it justifies the cultivar name—primavera is the…

Plant of the Week: Watsonia vanderspuyiae (Watsonia species)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Watsonia vanderspuyiae has dramatic, sword-shaped foliage and tall spikes of deep-red flowers. A member of the iris family (Iridaceae), Watsonia vanderspuyiae is native to the Northern and Western Cape of South…

Plant of the Week: Dioscorea elephantipes (Elephant’s Foot)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Wave Hill’s Cactus and Succulent House, which occupies the right-hand wing of the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory, contains some decidedly weird-looking plants. One of the most bizarre is the elephant’s…

Plant of the Week: Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Despite threats of snow and freezing temperatures, some early-blooming plants start to wake up during the second half of February. The cheerful winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) is emerging now in…

Plant of the Week: Viola ‘Conte di Brazza’ (Parma Violet cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. A visit to the T.H. Everett Alpine House on a sunny day this week will be rewarded by a waft of delicious perfume. Its source is this white, double-flowered cultivar…

Plant of the Week: Hesperantha vaginata (Harlequin Evening Flower)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. These striking, yellow and brown blooms belong to the harlequin evening flower (Hesperantha vaginata), a member of the iris family (Iridaceae). Native to a high plateau in the southwest of…

Plant of the Week: Lapeirousia silenoides (Lapeirousia species)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Among the many colorful flowering South African bulbs one of the most jewel-like is Lapeirousia silenoides. It is a tiny plant, barely 4 inches high, but it produces a succession…

Faces of Wave Hill: Helen Stein

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Wave Hill profiled longtime Member Helen Stein for our #FacesofWaveHill social media series and discovered that her life deserves a fuller telling. Helen has been visiting Wave Hill since the late 1980s, was a volunteer gardener and is now a…

Plant of the Week: Aloe mcloughlinii (Mcloughlin’s Aloe)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. There are many aloes—more than 500 species—and most of them are native to eastern and southern Africa. They vary in size and habit but they all have a rosette of…

Plant of the Week: Tetradenia riparia (Iboza)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This aromatic plant is one of the gardeners’ favorites and is worthy of being featured again. It made its first appearance on the blog in January 2017. A pleasant spicy…