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Chinese Ground Orchid Bletilla

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Chinese Ground Orchid:

Phonetic Spelling
bleh-TIL-ah
Description

This is a semi-hard terrestrial orchid which can be grown in beds, borders, or pots. Plant corm-like pseudobulbs to 4” deep in spring. After flowering, continue to provide regular moisture until the leaves die down. Needs to be mulched in winter in colder climates.

Watch for aphids, white flies and mealy bugs.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Albostriata'
  • 'Albo Striata'
  • B. ochracea
  • 'First Kiss'
Tags:
#showy flowers#container plant#perennial bulb#purple flowers#spring flowers#part shade#orchid
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Albostriata'
  • 'Albo Striata'
  • B. ochracea
  • 'First Kiss'
Tags:
#showy flowers#container plant#perennial bulb#purple flowers#spring flowers#part shade#orchid
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Bletilla
    Family:
    Orchidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Northern Indo-China to Temp. E. Asia
    Bulb Storage:
    Store corms in moist peat at 32-35 degrees F (0-2 degrees C)
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • 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
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Produces small cattleya-like pink-purple blooms in racemes of up to 12 blooms. Blooms a 2 inches wide.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Produces 3-5 upright, pleated, sword-shaped leaves up to 12 inches long.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border