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Peak bloom February
Camellias are native to Southeast Asia, primarily southern China and Japan, although a few species are found in India, Malaysia, Borneo, and Korea. The Garden's Camellia collection includes several varieties, many from the most commonly grown species, Camellia japonica, which comprises thousands of cultivated varieties. The blooms of C. japonica are most often white, delicate or vibrant pink or dark red, while some species reflect royal colors such as the yellow flowers of C. chrysanthoides. The majority of the Garden's collection is on display in the Linnean House conservatory.

Peak bloom February through March
The Garden displays nearly 700 unique daffodil varieties, representing 12 of the 13 daffodil divisions along with a number of historic varieties and unique Missouri hybrids. The highest concentrations are in the Samuels and Heckman Bulb Gardens but many can also be viewed in the Shields Hosta Walk, Heckman Rock Garden, Cherbonnier English Woodland Garden and the Kemper Center for Home Gardening’s display gardens.

Peak bloom June
Daylilies are members of the lily family (Liliaceae) and are a perennial favorite for area gardeners. The modern daylily originated from plants growing in China and Japan where they have been cultivated for centuries. The Garden displays more than 2,000 specimens, with over 1,800 in the Jenkins Daylily Garden. Of those hundreds of plants, there are over a dozen species represented and over 1,700 different hybrids.

Flowering Cherries
Peak bloom March through April
The Garden displays over 230 individuals in the genus Prunus, which contains not only ornamental flowering cherries, but also fruit trees such as cherries, peaches, nectarines, almonds, plums, and apricots. Perhaps the most dramatic flowering cherry in our collection is the weeping Higan cherry, which produces sweeping branches covered with rosy flowers. There are over 40 weeping Higan cherry trees throughout the Garden, with dozens in the Japanese Garden alone.

Peak bloom early May
The sweeping Alice Hahn Goodman Iris Garden, designed in 1984, contains over 1,500 irises, including every horticultural division of bearded iris, beardless Siberian and Louisiana irises, and a collection of species irises adaptable to the St. Louis climate. Peak flowering typically happens around Mother’s Day, with many reblooming later in the year.

Peak bloom early July
The sacred lotus, Nelumbo nucifera, is a rhizomatous aquatic perennial native to the rivers and ponds of Asia and northern Australia. The Garden’s collection of Nelumbo nucifera includes 'Empress,' 'Alba Plena,' and 'Improved Egyptian Pink' in the Japanese Garden. The plants are planted in a large enclosed bed along the banks in the southeast corner of the lake.

On display February through March
The Garden’s orchid collection represents one of the largest and finest in the United States. The Garden has approximately 7000 orchid plants, representing 2575 unique taxa. 3202 are species. Orchids can be viewed in the atrium of the Beaumont Room in the Ridgway Visitor Center, in rotating Climatron® displays, and the annual Orchid Show held every February-March.

Beautiful year-round
The Garden was virtually treeless when Henry Shaw began it in 1859 on the Missouri prairie. Today there are 4,873 trees on Garden grounds, representing 1,096 unique taxa and 624 unique species. Together, they form a garden within a garden, and each tree has its own story to tell of its botanical or historical interest, as noted on the interpretative sign it bears noting its history.

Water Lilies
Peak bloom in August and September
St. Louis flaunts the bold drama of the tropics in summer when blooming water lilies turn the reflecting pools at the Garden into spectacular exotica. Giant Victoria water lilies, with leaf spans of up to six feet, highlight the displays, which include hundreds of other aquatic plants in the pools by the Climatron® conservatory and the Linnean House.

Medicinal Plants
The Missouri Botanical Garden's active science and conservation program works in 35 countries around the globe to preserve and protect potentially invaluable plant life. Over 25 percent of our modern drugs derive from plants, and yet less than two percent of all plants have been tested for medical applications.