July Blooms

pipe Claire Grace bergamot (Monarda fistulosa 'Claire Grace') with wild quinine (Parthenium integrifolium) and prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya) in the Chelsea Grasslands. Photo by Friends of the High Line

Summer's long, sunny days make it one of the most vibrant and diverse blooming seasons on the High Line. Each area of the park features a unique array of plants, making July a great time to take a walk and enjoy the landscape.

EnlargeCompass plant.

Of the plants in the bloom right now, one of our favorites is the compass plant (Silphium perfoliatum), pictured to the left. You can see the plant's tall stalks looming among the dancing prairie grasses throughout the park.

"Compass plant received its name from pioneers," Patrick Cullina, Friends of the High Line's Vice President of Horticulture & Park Operations, says, "who believed that its sail-like foliage always pointed north-south. It doesn't always work like that, but can indeed happen, so come out for a walk on the line and see for yourself."

EnlargeHandsome Harry.

We're also enjoying the handsome Harry (Rhexia virginica), pictured on the right, in bloom right now in the wetland planters near the Diller-von Furstenberg Sundeck. Handsome Harry is a native wetland species with yellow-centered fuchsia flowers that tend to stay in bloom for a long time.

You can also see prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya), which features tall purple spikes that bend and twist as they mature, and a number of other unique plants. Check out the complete list of July Blooms on our Web site.

Last Month: June Blooms: A Flourishing Landscape.

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