Experiences / Culture – August 15, 2018

The Urban Jungle Flower Guide at Hudson Yards

Along the High Line above Hudson Yards, a floral garden awaits. Above the noise of the city, discover the natural beauty that exists in the center of downtown Manhattan. This is your guide to stopping to smell the flowers.

Hidden within the booming metropolis of Hudson Yards is a 1.5 mile-long peaceful, scenic oasis above the city. Now, the High Line runs up to Hudson Yards, offering stunning views of downtown Manhattan and the Hudson River. Between the art, attractions and hot new restaurants, there is so much to do on The High Line. But don’t forget to take time to stop and smell the flowers. This is your guide to the urban jungle that exists on the High Line.

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1.
Monarda
Monarda, also known as “bee balm,” was long used by Native Americans for holistic medicinal treatments. It has been used to treat infections, headaches, and fever, and as a delicious seasoning to wild game.
2.
Serviceberry
Some varieties of Serviceberry have edible, tasty fruit that can be used in pies and jams. Native Americans once used its sturdy wood to make arrow shafts.
3.
Echinacea
Echinacea in Greek means “sea urchin” and has historically been used to boost the immune system and reduce symptoms of flu.
4.
Rudbeckia
Also known as “black-eyed Susan,” Rudbeckia is the official state flower of Maryland. Named for the famous Swedish botanist Olaus Rudbeck, these flowers are often used to prevent soil erosion.
5.
Pink Evening Primrose
Pink Evening Primrose got its name because its flowers open every evening and close again by morning. Other varieties of Evening Primrose produce white, red, and purple flowers.
6.
White Wood Aster
Native to eastern North America, White Wood Aster is an herbaceous plant that can be found mostly in the Appalachian mountains.
7.
Blue Stem Goldenrod
Blue Stem Goldenrod is held as a sign of good luck in some places. It is also sometimes used in herbal teas to combat fatigue.
8.
Winterberry
You may have seen Winterberry make an appearance in a floral arrangement. Apart from being a florist go-to, it’s a food source for many species of birds.
9.
Golden Bunch Crocus
Golden Bunch Crocus is best known for producing the spice Saffron. The threads of saffron, found in the flower’s stigmas, are collected and dried. It is also known for giving off a unique warm honey scent.
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