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Hardy Orchid Bletilla striata

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Phonetic Spelling
bleh-TIL-ah stry-AY-tah
Description

This plant is a great addition to a partial shade area of the garden with moderate moisture and substantial organic matter in the soil. Therefore, it likes moist (specifically medium moisture), rich (organically enriched) soil that is well-drained. Its beautiful, fan-like pleated leaves are showy in the spring through the summer. In addition, this plant produces orchid-like, downward-facing purple flowers.

This plant may not be reliably winter hardy through very cold winters. These flowers are produced from corm-like pseudobulbs which serve as a nutrient storage for overwintering, and therefore perennialize well. This plant makes a good container plant for zones north of USDA Zone 5. For propagation, division can be done in the fall.

Its size can be from 1-1.5 ft and spreads 0.5 to 1 feet with a height of 8-12 inches.

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#white#pink#partial shade#spring#perennial#container plant#purple flowers#pink flowers#shade garden#spring flowers#japanese garden#rock garden#division#orchid#pleated leaf#pseudobulb#pseudo bulb#wide#groundcover#woodland
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#white#pink#partial shade#spring#perennial#container plant#purple flowers#pink flowers#shade garden#spring flowers#japanese garden#rock garden#division#orchid#pleated leaf#pseudobulb#pseudo bulb#wide#groundcover#woodland
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Bletilla
    Species:
    striata
    Family:
    Orchidaceae
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China to Central & S. Japan
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    This plant has small, cattleya orchid-like purplish-pink (or deep rose or white) flowers on raceme in spring. This plant produces orchid-like, downward-facing purple flowers. Its sprays of orchid-like flowers add special appeal.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    This plant has 3-5 pale green, swordlike leaves with shallow pleats produced from pseudobulb. Beautiful, fan-like, pleated leaves are showy.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container