The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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Natural Areas Stewardship:
The active care and maintenance of natural areas which seeks to control exotic invasive species, encourage characteristic native species, and reestablish natural processes upon which native ecosystems depend. Click here to learn more!

what's in bloom

winter

Something is always in bloom in the Conservatory at Matthaei. Orchids in a stunning variety of shapes and colors can be found blooming in winter, and you may find a cactus, jasmine, camellia, or cacao tree in flowering glory. Outside, conifers make stark shapes against the snow while seed pods and dried grasses remind us of the summer past and the one yet to come.

conifers

Photo by Jenny Senko
Appreciate subtle variations of color in bark and evergreen foliage along our outdoor trails. Click here for photos
 
Location(s):
Heathdale (Arb)
Sam Graham Trees Trail (Gardens)
 
poinsettia

Photo courtesy of Mark O'Brien
Originally native to Mexico, the poinsettia has become a staple holiday plant. December 12th is National Poinsettia Day. Click here for additional photos
 
Location(s):
Conservatory (Gardens)
 
aloe

Photo by Jenny Senko
Aloes are succulent plant native to Africa. The fleshy leaves of Aloe vera are commonly used to relieve skin irritation. Click here for additional photos
 
Location(s):
Conservatory (Gardens)
 
skunk cabbage (February - April)
Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) belongs to the Arum family and blooms in March in the boggy areas along the trails at both sites of the botanical gardens and arboretum. Its flower has the unique ability to generate heat which melts the snow around it. Attracted to its unpleasant odor, insect pollinators can then do their work. Click here for additional photos
 
Location(s):
Trails of the Gardens
Trails of the Arb

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