What's In Bloom

Feijoa sellowiana, Pineapple Guava tree in bloom
Friday, April 26, 2019

Feijoa sellowiana, also known as Pineapple Guava is a member of the Myrtle family.

Aspidistra grandiflora - Cast-iron plant
Friday, March 29, 2019

Aspidistra grandiflora, cast-iron plant, is native to Vietnam and is a member of the Asparagaceae family. Species of this plant were popular house plants in Victorian England because they thrived on neglect but provided a lush tropical accent.

 Prosthechea cochleata, clamshell orchid
Thursday, February 7, 2019

 Prosthechea cochleata, clamshell orchid, is known for its up side down flowers. This fragrant long lasting bloomer is native to Central America, the West Indies, Colombia, Venezuela, and southern Florida.

Camellias in the Camellia Corridor
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Camellias are evergreen flowering plants in the Theaceae (tea) family. They are native to eastern and southeastern Asia. 

Phalaenopsis 'Connie Moody'
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Phalaenopsis 'Connie Moody', is a hybrid orchid created in 2010 by orchid grower  Carter & Holmes.  
While it's flowers may be small, the flower spike has a profusion of blooms that create an eye-catching display.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Massonia depressa, aka hedgehog lily is a flowering perennial  native to arid regions of South Africa. Despite its common name, it is not a lily but is a member of the Asparagaceae family. 

Monday, October 22, 2018

You're not seeing double! Tacca integrifolia, or white bat flower, is putting on a magnificent show in the Palm House.

Juanulloa mexicana - gold finger plant
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Juanulloa mexicana is a shrubby vine that is native to Central and South America. Its common name, gold finger, isn't a James Bond reference, but rather a description of the orange/gold flowers that bloom in the spring and the fall.

Elaeocarpus grandiflora, Lily of the Valley Tree
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Elaeocarpus grandiflora, Lily of the Valley Tree is an evergreen tree native to Malaysia and India. Other common names include Fairy Petticoats and Bead Tree. It produces edible tart berries. 

flowers of Mimosa pudica, sensitive plant
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Mimosa pudica, known as sensitive plant is a creeping annual or perennial in the pea family. It is native to South America but can now be found around the world. It is a popular plant due to it's curious reaction to being touched or shaken; the leaves fold in and the stems droop.