What’s In Bloom?

27, Sep, 2010 Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

Clara Curtis Daisy (Chrysanthemum x rubellum ‘Clara Curtis’)

Unlike many of the annual Chrysanthemums that tend to be planted this time of year for a splash of fall color, the Clara Curtis Daisy is actually a hardy perennial that can survive a New England Winter. The variety Clara Curtis blooms earlier than most other hardy Chrysanthemums, its pale pink flowers sometimes beginning to open in the late summer. The Clara Curtis Daisy can currently be seen flowering in Chinatown Park.

Chrysanthemum x rubellum 'Clara Curtis'

Robust Grape-leaf Anemone (Anemone tomentosa ‘Robustissima’)

Native to China, Grape-leaf Anemone is a pale pink fall flowering perennial growing up to three feet tall. Though it tends to be a low maintenance plant in terms of soil and light conditions, it is an aggressive spreader which can quickly fill an area. Robust Grape-leaf Anemone is flowering in the North End Park along with the related Max Vogel Anemone (Anemone ‘Max Vogel’).

Anemone tomentosa 'Robustissima'

Snowbank False Aster (Boltonia asteroides ‘Snowbank’)

Native to wet meadows and marshes of Central United States, False Aster is a white, sometimes pink, flowering perennial growing up to five feet tall. The cultivar ‘Snowbank’, currently flowering in the Fort Point Channel Parks, is often a preferred planting as the flowers tend to be all white, and has a more compact habit than the standard species.

Boltonia asteroides ‘Snowbank’

Also in Bloom:

  • North End Parks: Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia), Robust Grape-leaf Anemone (Anemone tomentosa ‘Robustissima’)
  • Wharf District Parks: Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis), Heavy Metal Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’), Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis).
  • Urban Arboretum: Zebra Chinese Silvergrass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’)
  • Fort Point Channel Parks: Neon Showy Stonecrop (Hylotelephium spectabile ‘Neon’), Tri-color Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii ‘Tri-color’), Whirlwind Anemone (Anemone ‘Whirlwind’)
  • Dewey Square Park: Pamina Anemone (Anemone ‘Pamina’)
  • Chinatown Park: Adagio Chinese Silvergrass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Adagio’)