What's In Bloom

Free Smartphone App -- Download our free smartphone app to help you locate plants when you visit.

Sources for "What's in Bloom: Bloom Highlights" listings include the Chicago Botanic Garden's staff and database, as well as the publications and records of other botanic gardens, institutions, and the scientific community.

Beehive Ginger

This true ginger produces rhizomes similar to those of Canna with foliage that can reach a height of 8 feet, with full sun to partial shade and moist soil conditions. It has white, red, and yellow blooms from July to November where it is hardy outdoors—the season of bloom can vary in conservatories. The flowers are produced in an ornamental cone-like structure that arises from the soil on a stout stalk.

Chenille Plant

Chenille plant, also known as "red hot cat's tail," is a large shrub in the euphorbia family native to New Guinea and Malaysia; it is widely cultivated in tropical areas. It is known for the long, fuzzy red catkin flowers that can reach up to 18 inches long. The leaves are broadly ovate and bristly, with fine teeth. In more northerly climates it can be grown indoors with bright light, or as a potted plant outdoors in partly shaded conditions. On smaller plants the catkins may be closer to 6 to 8 inches, starting to droop as they get longer. It requires even moisture and weekly fertilizing if kept in a pot, and must be brought indoors before frost.

Major Garden's Clivia

Major Garden’s clivia was discovered by Major Robert J. Garden, who collected specimens of the plant in 1855 while stationed in Natal. He sent them to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, where Sir William Hooker named the new species Clivia gardenii in honor of the collector when it flowered in 1856.

Clivia is a genus in the Amaryllidaceae family from South Africa that produces lustrous, chunky, green, strap-like leaves. Its vibrant orange clusters of hanging, tubular flowers have yellowish inner trumpets tipped with green and exerted stamens; the fruit is a bright red, fleshy berry. Major Garden’s clivia can grow 2 feet tall and 20 inches wide and is usually found thriving in deep shade in forested areas, on steeply sloping cliffs, and sometimes in marshy spots. It is very easy to grow, preferring shade, which means it flowers in areas where other plants often languish. Hardy in USDA Zone 10 outdoors, it attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. It also makes an attractive houseplant if planted in a light, well-drained soil mix containing ample organic content and a lot of perlite, and placed in medium, indirect light.

메이저 가든의 클리비아 (군자란)은 로버트 가든이라는 소령이 1855에 남아프리카 공화국의 나탈에서 주둔할때 발견하였습니다. 이것을 받은 영국 왕립식물원의 윌리엄 후커경이 1856년에 핀 꽃을 보고 학명을 지었습니다. 키우기가 아주 쉽고, 그늘에서도 잘 자라기 때문에, 주택의 정원이나 실내용 화초로 알맞습니다.

Marmalade Mussaenda

Marmalade Mussaenda is a tropical clumping shrub with clusters of unusual yellow and orange flowers and medium green leaves. Originally native to the rainforests of south-east Asia, Mussaendas appreciate consistently warm temperatures, high humidity, moist soil, and partial sun, especially afternoon shade. Although they are capable of reaching 10-12 feet in height and width in their native environments, in northern climates, when grown in pots they are more likely to reach about 3-4 feet in height. They are not hardy in Chicago and must be brought indoors when the temperatures fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Midnight Fire Ornamental Pepper

Midnight Fire Ornamental Pepper

The dark-black foliage makes the perfect backdrop for the shiny purple pods that mature to red at the end of the season. A wonderful companion plant for other late-summer and fall container and flower bed displays. Thrives during the heat of summer when grown in full sun and well-drained soils. The fruits are ornamental, not for consumption. The flowers attract a number of pollinating insects.

2020 – Ball Horticultural featured plants @ Chicago Botanic Garden

Pelican Flower

The Brazilian Dutchman's pipe or pelican flower is native to Central and South America where it can grow to a height of twenty feet. The flowers of this vine are large, pipe-shaped, and highly odiferous in order to attract the flies that pollinate this plant. The  flowers are a dark purplish-maroon that is veined in white and are very showy. However this vine is poisonous to some native butterfly larvae, so plant carefully if you are trying to encourage butterfly populations.

Pumpkin Pie Orange Decorative Mum

Pumpkin Pie Orange Decorative Mum

Mounded plants are covered with pumpkin-orange, decorative-class chrysanthemum flowers starting in August and extending well into September, or perhaps later. This cultivar tolerates cool to cold fall temperatures better than most mums. Flowers attract late-season pollinators. Best grown in full sun, moderately fertile, well-drained soils.

2020 – Ball Horticultural featured plants @ Chicago Botanic Garden



Dark blue-purple flowers are featured on this self-cleaning sage with remarkable heat tolerance. This non-hardy perennial is a pollinator magnet with special importance to migrating hummingbirds and butterflies in the fall. Full sun in well-drained soils that dry between waterings are ideal conditions for this plant. This improved selection is shorter than the original cultivar and produces more flowers.

2020 – Ball Horticultural featured plants @ Chicago Botanic Garden

Star Sansevieria
 A great container plant for interior or exterior use that needs little care. Long placed in the Agavaceae, the Dracaenaceae and by some in the Ruscaceae families, this genus is now considered to be correctly placed in the Asparagaceae.