Plant of the Week: Harlequin glorybower
The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — each chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today.
This week we share with you one of our gardeners’ current favorites.
At the southern end of the High Line you’ll find Clerodendrum trichotomum, a tall shrub that can grow up to 15 feet tall. It goes by several common names including Harlequin glorybower; red, white, and blue shrub; and Peanut Butter Shrub -- because of the distinct nutty scent that comes when you crush its leaves. As you stroll along the High Line at this time of year, you are sure to notice the beautiful and fragrant jasmine-like flowers on the Harlequin glorybower shrubs.. Not only are the blooms among our gardeners’ favorites, they also attract pollinators like humming birds, butterflies, and bees.
Later in the fall, the pink and white flowers will give way to striking bright blue berries and magenta sepals, as you can see in the photo to the right.
WHERE TO SEE THIS PLANT
On the High Line between Gansevoort and West 13th Streets.