The tropical plants are really enjoying the hot, humid weather we’ve been experiencing.
A Pineapple plant (Ananas comosus, in the Bromeliad family) is growing in a bed next to the Mansion by the Rose Garden and it has produced a fruit! The bed of tropical plants next to the Carriage House on the way into the Haggerty Education Center is a vibrant, colorful collection of Coleus, Croton, Banana and Colocasia surrounding a Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta) with its very symmetrical crown of dark green, glossy leaves.
A tall, slender terracotta vessel is home to a spectacular Staghorn Fern (Platycerium). You can find it nestled in a shady corner next to the front steps to the Haggerty Education Center.
Summer will soon be officially over, so make sure to visit the Arboretum soon!
Picture credits: Margery Ennist.