What's In Bloom

<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.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

On view in the Camellia Corridor, this epiphytic orchid is native to Taiwan, the Phillipines and Borneo.

<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.

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.

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!

Chrysanthemum standards and cascades.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

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

<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.

Calliandra emarginata, Powder Puff Tree with pink spikey flowers
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Calliandra emarginata, powder puff tree, is a member of the pea family. It is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. The name Calliandra comes from the Greek for 'beautiful stamens.' This plant lives in the Warm Temperate House.

blooming dwarf banana
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Musa acuminata 'Dwarf Cavendish' blooming in the Palm House.
Also known as Chinese banana and ladyfinger banana, this is a dwarf cultivar that is used for both commercial fruit production and as an ornamental.

Tacca integrifolia, White Bat Flower
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Native to southern Asia, the bat flower is a member of the yam family, Dioscoreaceae.

It lives in the Palm House on the east bench.

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