Echinacea purpurea ‘Vintage Wine’
Native to the prairies and open woodlands of the eastern and central regions of North America, Echinacea species attract butterflies, provide seed for birds, and make beautiful floral arrangements. The plants typically grow two to four feet tall, with erect stems supporting large, bright blooms that provide a long-lasting display of color throughout the summer.
Clusters of Echinacea purpurea ‘Vintage Wine’ can be found on the High Line between Gansevoort Street and West 17th Street. This plant blooms throughout the summer, generally from May – October. After its flowering period ends in the fall, the stalks and seed heads provide visual interest throughout the year.
Juniperus virginiana 'Corcorcor'
Juniperus virginiana 'Corcorcor', or Emerald Sentinel™ Eastern red cedar, is a northeastern native conifer found in areas ranging from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Beloved by visitors for its vibrant evergreen branches, this plant provides fragrant foliage and visual interest in all seasons. The cultivar 'Corcorcor', better known by the trade name Emerald Sentinel™, was chosen for the High Line because of its cobalt blue cones, often referred to as berries. These berries provide a valuable food source for local birds throughout the winter.
Juniperus virginiana 'Corcorcor', can be found on the High Line between West 21st and West 24th Streets, and near West 30th Street.
One of the most asked-about plants in the park, visitors love this striking flower for its showy stalks of golden colored blooms. Look closely, and you’ll see that every flower stalk is composed of hundreds of little bell-shaped blooms. It may be hard to believe, but at around three feet tall, Eremurus stenophyllus is a dwarf compared to other foxtail lily species. The height of this species is perfect for the High Line, where views of the city surrounding the park provide a dramatic backdrop for the bright blooms.
Eremurus stenophyllus can be found on the High Line between West 17th and West 21st Streets. This plant blooms on the High Line in late spring, generally flowering in June. Throughout the summer and into fall, this plant’s height and eye-catching structure add texture to the High Line’s dynamic landscape.
Hibiscus moscheutos ssp. palustris
A year-round star of the wetland plantings on the Diller – von Furstenberg Sundeck, this beautiful Hibiscus is hard to miss in the summertime, thanks to its huge saucer-shaped pink flowers.
This New York native produces blooms throughout the summer season. It has stand out leaves, which spread to the size of a large hand and have a smooth, velvety texture. This plant supports many native butterfly species, including painted ladies and skippers.
Hibiscus moscheutos ssp. palustris can be found on the Diller – von Furstenberg Sundeck on the High Line at 15th Street. This plant blooms on the High Line in summer, generally from July – August. As the plant matures in the fall, these spectacular blooms transform into beaked seed capsules that darken to a rich brown hue in the winter months.
Commonly known as gray birch, this tree is easily recognized on the High Line, displaying chalky white bark punctuated by distinct black triangular markings just below the branch collar.
Betula populifolia serves as a valuable nurse plant in the wild, providing protection to seedlings. This allows other valuable species to flourish in sites that would otherwise be inhospitable. Considered a pioneer species, it is often found growing along abandoned railroad tracks and other disturbed sites where other trees have a hard time establishing themselves.
Betula populifolia can be found throughout the High Line.
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