Recondite Plants: what are they? where are they? #1
Water Gardens in full bloom
Fly Trap Feast Carnivorous Venus Fly Traps (Dionaea muscipula) and pitcher plants (Sarracenia cvs.) are found at both entrances to the Fly Trap Feast. Close to the north entrance is a demonstration display showing the use of aquatic plants as filters, a fine example of sustainability, one of the Gardens’ important core values. Enjoy the lively container gardens here and also tactfully framing the Victoria and Monet pools. Leisurely Walk and a Celebrated...
Nelumbo nucifera 'Mrs. Perry D. Slocum' lotus
In the Monet pond, the leaves of the Gardens’ favorite lotus Nelumbo nucifera 'Mrs. Perry D. Slocum' sporting plate-like water resistant leaves. In the background is an exciting graffiti artist’s mural (Lady Pink) and reflection. The colorful murals are part of the Gardens’ popular "Urban Nature" exhibit.
Nelumbo 'Rosy Clouds' lotus
Nelumbo 'Rosy Clouds' lotus continues to flower magnificantly in the Victoria (upper) pool. The flowers open in the morning and close in the afternoon, for three consecutive days. They are delightfully fragrant. N. 'Rosy Clouds' is an excellent lotus for Colorado Gardens.
Magenta hardy waterlily 'James Brydon' is now at its best in Denver Botanic Gardens' pools . . . The Gardens is famous for its stunning displays of the bowl-shaped classical Nymphaea 'James Brydon' (hybridizer: Dreer Nurseries). Now is the best time to walk around our pools and enjoy a multitude of hardy and tropical waterlilies, expertly groomed and displayed for all of our special visitors.
Rocky Mountain Legacy Collection (RMLC) tropical waterlily ‘William Mclane’ . . . The purple Nymphaea 'William McLane' (hybridizer: Florida Aquatic Nurseries) is one of eight unique outstanding waterlilies flourishing in the Romantic Pool. Bring your camera--you will want to remember this forever!
Record Agave Blooms
  Though a common occurrence in parts of the southwest, century plants  (Agave sp.),  blooming in Denver are rare. Most years there is one blooming somewhere in Denver and we all take trips to visit it and marvel at the huge flower spike. This year we are lucky enough to have three blooming here at the Gardens. Ok, so only one is the insanely tall (about 18 feet) flower spike of Agave...
Sapphire spheroids attack garden
With a multitude of exquisite apricot-colored flowers, Nymphaea ‘Stan Skinger’ (hybridizer: Florida Aquatic Nurseries) is a super Rocky Mountain Legacy Collection (RMLC) tropical waterlily, displayed dramatically in the Romantic Gardens pool. The gorgeous, egg-shaped mottled leaves darken in Denver’s semi-arid mile-high climate.
Nelumbo ‘Perry’s Giant Sunburst’ with charming creamy-yellow flowers is the main attraction in the Monet Garden pool. It is near the north entrance to the Japanese Garden amongst a mix of classical hardy waterlilies. ‘Perry’s Giant Sunburst’ was hybridized by lotus king Perry D. Slocum.

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