Plants of Interest – October

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 andClaire Woodward





Palm House

Miltassia is an intergeneric hybrid between the orchid genera Brassia and Miltonia. This one is lightly fragrant.


Seasonal House

Chrysanthemum are native to Asia and Northeast Europe. Most species originate from East Asia and the center of diversity is in China. This is ‘Peter Magnus’ a Cushion Mum. Chrysanthemums were first cultivated in China as a flowering herb as far back as 1500 BCE.

Chrysanthemums are still the star of the Fall Display, with Coleus, and grasses to complete the vignettes. Note the Cascading Chrysanthemums on the right that are still in bud, but will blossom shortly!


Cactus House

Crassula rupestris is a succulent native to South Africa and a relative of the Jade plant. Most Crassula will tolerate some small degree of frost, but extremes of cold or heat will cause them to lose foliage or die.


Fern House

Begonia x erythophylla ‘Beefsteak’ was first hybridized in 1845, and has been popular ever since. Begonias are native to tropical and subtropical moist regions in South & Central America, Africa & southern Asia. They are an understory plant, and do not like direct sun. This plant is categorized as an herb, but does contain oxalic acid.


Bromeliad House

Guzmania ‘Grapeade’ is a hybrid cultivar. Guzmania are native to Florida, the West Indies, southern Mexico, Central America, and northern and western South America, and may be found at altitudes up to 11,500 feet. The leaves form a roseate for catching and holding rain water.

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