Plants of Interest: May

Please enjoy this month’s plant picks!

Are you able to locate all of them as you stroll through the Conservatory?

On your next 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 #Conservatory #VPCPOI

Photos and content by Rudi Opderbeck and Giselle Blythe





Palm House

Stromanthe sanguinea “Tricolor” is in the Maranta or Prayer Plant family, so its leaves fold up at night as though praying.


Seasonal House

Hydrangeas are shrubs native to southeastern Asia & the Americas.

They are grown mainly for their large flower display from spring to fall.

The two types of flower forms pictured are: Mophead on top & Lace-cap on bottom.

Mop-heads form a large ball of mainly sterile flowers, while Lace-caps for a flattish circle of flowers, the showier sterile flowers surround the small-inner fertile flowers.

The inner-sterile flowers are barely visible in the ring of purple sterile flowers.


Cactus House

Rebutia neocumingii is in the Cactus family and is native to Bolivia.

Rebutia typically are in globular form and freely produce flowers that are relatively large in relation to the body.


Cactus House (Exterior)

Embothrium coccineum or Chilean Firebush is
native to the temperate forests of Chile and Argentina.

This tree is marginally hardy in the Seattle area, however, and is rather difficult to propagate.

Capitol Hill hummingbirds exuberantly greet the international-orange flowers every spring.


Fern House

Disocactus eichlamii is a jungle cactus native to Guatemala, related to Epiphyllum and other
tropical cacti.

They are epiphytic and love semi shade and moisture, unlike desert cacti.


Bromeliad House

Agapetes serpens ‘Nepal Cream’ is native to the Himalayas and will grow to about 40-60 cm tall.

It is grown as an ornamental for its attractive pendulous branches of tubular flowers.

Agapetes is in the Ericaceae family along with Rhododendrons.

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