What's In Bloom

Friday, March 24, 2017

Cola nitida, cola nut.

Native to tropical Africa, extracts of the nuts of this tree were one of the initial ingredients of Coca Cola.  They contain high concentrations of caffiene.

This plant lives in the Palm House.
  Read more about Cola Nut tree blooms!

Crocus tommasinianus 'Taplow Ruby'
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Crocus tommasinianus 'Taplow Ruby', Woodland Crocus blooming beneath the Star Magnolia alongside the Plant House Pond.
This early spring bloomer multiplies rapidly. Snowdrops can be seen in the background. Read more about Crocus in bloom!

Scadoxus puniceus, Paintbrush or Snake Lily
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Scadoxus puniceus, Paintbrush or Snake Lily, is native to eastern and South Africa. This plant is in the Amaryllidaceae family and lives in the Cool Temperate House, Africa section. In the wild, sunbirds and weavers feast upon the nectar of the Paintbrush Lily. Read more about Paintbrush Lily Blooms!

<em>Camellia japonica</em> 'Monjisu' in bloom
Friday, January 13, 2017

Camellia japonica is the moste widely known species of Camellia and is prized for its beautiful flowers. Also known as the Rose of Winter, in the wild these shrubs bloom from January to March. They are native to China, southern Korea and southern Japan. Read more about Camellia in bloom!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

On view in the Camellia Corridor, this epiphytic orchid is native to Taiwan, the Phillipines and Borneo. Read more about Vanda lamellata orchid!

<em>Strelitzia reginae</em> - bird of paradise
Monday, December 12, 2016

Strelitzia reginae, is native to South Africa. It is cultivated as an ornamental and is easy to grow in warm climates. Its showy flowers often used in agganrements, resemble a bird which gives it its common names of bird of paradise or crane flower. Read more about Bird of Paradise!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Stanhopea tigrina, stanhopea orchid blooming in the Stove House.

This plant is native to Mexico. Stanhopeas are referred to as upside-down orchids as their blooms emerge from the bottom of the plant. For that reason, these orchids are grown in open weave baskets. Read more about Stanhopea orchid!

Lipstick Plant, Aeschynanthus radicans
Monday, November 21, 2016

Aeschynanthus radicans is a member of the Gesneriad family. It's easy to see why its common name is lipstick plant.

This plant lives in the Warm Temperate House and is in bloom now! Read more about Lipstick Plant!

Chrysanthemum standards and cascades.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

These mum standards and cascades are preparing for their debut in the annual Fall Chrysanthemum Show! Read more about Chrysanthemums!

<em>Allamanda cathartica</em> golden trumpet vine
Monday, October 17, 2016

Allamanda cathartica, golden trumpet vine, is a native of tropical South America.
This plant lives in the Palm House. Read more about Golden Trumpet in bloom!

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