First Signs of Spring on the High Line

Crocus blooms on the High Line Tommasini's crocus (Crocus tommassinianus), one of the first bulbs to bloom this season. Find them on the High Line in the Washington Grasslands and Chelsea Grasslands. Photo by Friends of the High Line

Spring is one of the most special and vibrant times on the High Line. Each time you visit during the coming months, you'll discover changes in the landscape—new shoots of green among the gravel ballast, leaves spreading out along tree branches, and a continuing kaleidoscope of florals.

Follow us beyond the jump for some of our upcoming favorites.

EnlargeIntrigue daffodils on the High Line

Intrigue daffodil (Narcissus 'Intrigue')
Chelsea Grasslands

Daffodils with white trumpets and yellow petals are a rare combination. Early this spring, you'll be able to see these flowers dotted throughout the prairie grasses of the Chelsea Grasslands, and beyond the construction gate at West 20th Street.

EnlargeBirch catkin on the High Line

Whitespire gray birch (Betula populifolia 'Whitespire')
Gansevoort Woodland

Beginning in mid-spring, catkins, the caterpillar-like "flowers" of these trees, which house the plant's tiny fruits, provide an interesting accompaniment against its green leaves and silvery branches.

EnlargeShooting stars on the High Line

Shooting star (Dodecatheon meadia)
10th Avenue Square

The brevity of this plant's flowers make it precious—after its elegant, structural flowers bloom, the entire plant, including its foliage, dies back until the following spring. Catch it while you can: the buds usually appear on the High Line mid-to-late spring.

EnlargeLady Jane tulips on the High Line

Lady Jane Tulip (Tulipa clusiana 'Lady Jane')
Chelsea Grasslands

In 2008, the International Plant Center in the Netherlands donated thousands of bulbs to the High Line. One favorite among visitors and staff alike are these lovely, pink and white tulips, which bloom on the High Line in the late spring.

These are just a few of our favorites in the coming season. With over 210 different species of plants on the High Line, there is always something new to discover.

Before you visit, get a copy of our Spring/Summer Plant Guide. And, visit our Web site to view the full list of plants on the High Line, and download highlights for each month.

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