Bletilla striata

Hardy Orchid

$ 11.95

Item #: 1565
Pot Size: full quart


Plant Description

Bletilla or hardy orchid is an easy to grow, clump forming orchid that is native to south east Asia where it grows on sandy, grassy slopes. In cultivation, it forms slowly spreading clumps of 1' long, pale green, pleated leaves. Very showy rose pink flowers appear on 1' racemes in mid to late spring. They may vary from nearly white to deep pink. Individual 1 1/2” flowers resemble miniature cattleya orchids. In time, clumps may become large and there may be dozens of showy flower spikes that last a month or so. Give Bletilla, mostly sun (afternoon shade), and good organic soil that drains well. It wants regular water throughout its growing season but not much during winter when it is dormant and underground. Other plants that would look good and grow well with Bletilla are Blue Ice bluestar, Phlox Minnie Pearl, and Suwannee blue-eyed grass.

 

Characteristics

Deer Resistant

Ease of Culture

Easy to grow

Plant Type

Perennial,

Light Exposure

Mostly sunny,

Soil Condition

Average, Organic,

Moisture Tolerance

Moderately moist,

Size

full quart

Height

12 to 24,

Flower Color

Pink, Violet

 

 

Bloom Time

Late spring, Mid spring,

Typical Height

18in

Spread

9in

Zones

6, 7, 8, 9