Flowers are still blooming at the White River Gardens during
Santa’s Tropical Paradise in the Hilbert Conservatory! Along
with Poinsettias, here are a few you might spot:
“Amaryllis” is the common name given to this holiday
season favorite, which is actually in the genus
in the family
Look for the long, antenna-like petals on this
orchid that makes it a “butterfly” orchid.
Going to a formal dance? You might be wearing a corsage
made with an orchid like this frilly
Degarmoura Memoria Jay Yamada
‘Kauai’ (quite a mouthful!) is the full name of this
Our Mexican Firespike shrubs are covered with their
namesake bloom stems.
‘Green Lantern’ is named for the green lines in the
young flowers that turn white as they age.
This small but gorgeous orchid is one of the type called
“lady slippers”, which refers to the pouch of the plant
looking like a slipper.
The very fragrant Paperwhite is a Narcissus
(daffodil) that doesn’t need to be chilled to be
“forced” to bloom inside.
A first for us! Our
deliciosa (sometimes called a split-leaf
philodendron) bloomed earlier, leaving behind these
fruit spikes. Once they are
they are edible.
What is that wild winged creature? One of our Horticulturists
recently captured this amazing video showing a white lined
sphinx moth floating through the Knot Garden. With a wingspan of
2 to 3 inches wide, they are also known as a hummingbird moth
because of its rapid wing movement and ability to hover over
flowers while feeding! Also like hummingbirds, they prefer
nectar-producing flowers, which are plentiful in the Gardens
right now. These moths are frequent guests in the Gardens
between April and October, so during your next visit, keep your
eyes out for this striking species!