The Spheres Plant Press
Read about the latest horticultural happenings at The Spheres on our plant blog. Stay tuned for news on plant blooms, information about our favorite plants, and stories about our community partnerships
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Plant of the week
July 26, 2018: Alpinia rugosa is native to China and a member of the ginger family. It grows from an underground stem called a rhizome and can reach 6 feet tall. The species name rugosa refers to the wavy leaves
July 17, 2018: This Macleania species is a tropical member of the blueberry family Ericaceae, and can be found growing epiphytically as seen in this photo. The tubular flowers are vibrant shades of red, orange, pink, and white and attract hummingbirds as pollinators. The flowers form edible fruits that are lightly sweet and full of antioxidants.
June 12, 2018: Begonia boliviensis is native to the Andean cloud forests of Bolivia and Argentina where it grows from an underground tuber on rocky cliffs after a short dormancy period. It produces hundreds of bright orange pendulous flowers in late spring and early summer
June 1, 2018: Passiflora antioquiensis is native to Colombia and is also known as the "red banana passion fruit" because of the elongated fruit it produces which ripens to a yellow color. Its red flower, as seen here, hangs from vines up to two feet in length and lasts up to four days.
Photo by Martina Machackova
May 25, 2018: is specimen is one of 23 recognized species in Heliamphora genus. Related to North American pitcher plants, these carnivorous plants can be found at high elevations of the South American Tepuis, or table-top mountains.
Photo by Martina Machackova
May 18, 2018: The beauty of nature! The elephant foot yam is grown as a food crop in parts of Africa and Asia. It is a member of the corpse flower family. You may be familiar with its cousin the Titan Arum. To attract its carrion-loving pollinators, this plant produces heat and gives off the smell of decaying meat. The flower is in bloom for only about five days.
Photo by JORDAN STEAD
May 7, 2018: Tacca chantrieri, also known as the bat flower, is most notable for its large, black flowers, which can be up to 12 inches across. They have a wide native distribution across Southeast Asia where they thrive in the shade of the understory.
May 3, 2018: Anguloa ruckeri is a type of tulip orchid native to Venezuela. It gives off a spicy fragrance that attracts male Euglossine bees. These bees collect the fragrance from the flowers and store it in their hind legs in order to attract a mate. The orchid is pollinated during the collection process.
April 24, 2018: Vanilla planifolia, a vining orchid native to Mexico and Central America, is the primary source of vanilla flavoring. The individual flowers bloom for only about a day.
April 18, 2018: Rhododendron taxifolium is native to a single mountaintop on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. It is believed to be extinct in the wild. This specimen came to The Spheres from the Rhododendron Species Garden in Federal Way, WA.
April 9, 2018: Guzmania conifera is a beautiful bromeliad native to Ecuador and Peru. The flower typically begins to bloom in early spring and lasts for several months. You may have come across this plant's cousin - the pineapple. This specimen is a tissue cultured plant from the Atlanta Botanical Garden. It is one of the first plants our collection.