Moments from the High Line

TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016

New Jersey Tea on the High Line? Yes, Please!This versatile but underutilized plant, Ceanothus americanus, was popular during the Revolutionary War as a black tea substitute, alas, without caffeine, but with many medicinal benefits that the Native Americans utilized, see: A lovely white bloom and a compact small shrub of three feet, it's a great addition to any garden and great to see it on The High Line. 

This vibrant combination of pinks and oranges might be illegal in the fashion world but it is full on summer fun in this spot! Orange Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa, creates important, and increasingly rare, habitat for the monarch butterfly larvae.