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Native Plant of the Week: Bottlebrush Buckeye

Bottlebrush buckeye flowers. A mature bottlebrush buckeye can be up to 15 feet wide and 8 feet high. This specimen in Ann Arbor, Mich., is about 15 years old. A buckeye leaf. By Joseph Mooney Native plant of the week: Bottlebrush buckeye, Aesculus parviflora “What is...

Native Plant of the Week: Northern Bush Honeysuckle

Diervilla lonicera flowers. Photo by Doug McGrady. Spent flowers of Diervilla ‘Nightglow.’ A 2-year-old Diervilla ‘Nightglow,’ about 2 feet wide by 2 feet high. By Joseph Mooney Native plant of the week: northern bush honeysuckle (Diervilla...

Native Plant of the Week: American Pokeweed

Ripe pokeweed berries. Photo by Bob Richmond. A mature pokeweed plant may be up to 10 feet tall. Photo: Cornell University. Pokeweed berries in varying stages of ripeness. Photo by Cyndy Simms Parr. By Joseph Mooney This week’s native plant is American pokeweed...

What’s happening at Matthaei Botanical Gardens – July 2021

Updated July 1, 2021: Scheduled reservations are now available to the general public for the display gardens, conservatory, and interior spaces at Matthaei Botanical Gardens on select days. All visitors will need to schedule times through our reservation system. You...

Native Plant of the Week: American Lotus

The flower of American lotus is fragrant, yellow-white, and can be as large as 10 inches across. Photo by Steve Fung. Nelumbo lutea flower bud with leaf behind floating on water. The leaves of American lotus often stand above the water and are round and very large. By...

Incoming Collections Expert Nurtures Satsuki Bonsai Azalea

Jack Sustic (left) and Cyril Grum work on a Satsuki azalea bonsai. Spent flowers must be removed soon after blooming. This helps redirect energy back into the azalea plant. Jack is Matthaei-Nichols’ new bonsai specialist. Cyril is a bonsai volunteer at...

Native Plant of the Week: Cow Parsnip

Cow parsnip at Matthaei. Cow parsnip leaf. Cow parsnip plant and leaves. Cow parsnip leaf edges. By Katie Stannard This week’s native plant is cow parsnip, Heracleum maximum. Dramatically tall to 8’ and topped with a bright beacon of florets, it’s definitely an...