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Chinese hardy orchid

Bletilla striata and cvs.

Chinese hardy orchid

The first time you see a Chinese hardy orchid flowering you kind of rub your eyes: Did a garden fairy drop her corsage after the prom? It really is a perennial here, which flowers in late spring to early summer, with three to seven flowers atop each wiry stem. The foliage is beautifully pleated, and happy plantings slowly grow into sizable clumps. -Irvin Etienne, Fine Gardening #147 (October 2012), page 72

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThree to seven beautiful magenta flowers on every stem.

CareDivide every three or four years, and remove seed pods to keep tidy.

PropagationDivide the tubers in fall.

  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring
  • Foliage Color : Green
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Light : Partial Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink
  • Uses : Shade
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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