Please enjoy this month’s plant picks!
Please enjoy this month’s plant picks. Are you able to locate all of them as you stroll through the Conservatory?
On your visit, see if you can locate each of the five plants of interest below, and post your finds on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the tags #VPConservatory
Photos and content by Rudi Opderbeck and Giselle Blythe
Bratonia (Miltassia) Shelob ‘Tolkien’
Astilbe is native to mountain ravines and woodlands in Asia & North America and prefers shade & water—logged conditions. Common names include False Goats Beard and False Spirea. These hardy perennials are popular for their fern-like foliage and feathery plumes of flowers.
Echinocactus grusonii is popularly known as the Golden Barrel Cactus, and is native to east-central Mexico. This cactus is rare and endangered in the wild. Two of the namesake and short-lived flowers, alongside of 2 buds (The 3rd & 5th structures from the left) as well as 2 seedpods. (The 1st & 4th from the left) The seedpods are from last years flowers.
FAT PLANTS! All flowering profusely now, two caudiciform succulent genera are the Pachypodiums and Adeniums.
Stephanotis floribunda is native to Madagascar and is part of the Hoya family of plants. Common names include: Madagascar Jasmine, Waxflower, and Bridal Wreath. This vine likes full sun, abundant water, high humidity, and a balanced fertilizer. The tubular flowers are highly fragrant.
Aechmea fasciata commonly known as the Silver Vase Bloom was the first Bromeliad brought into the production and was showcased in 1826. The A. fasciata features a shocking pink bract supporting the purple flowers. Most of the flowers in this photo are open, as the blossoms do not open any further.