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Calanthe

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
ka-LAN-thee
Description

This is a genus of 220 plants in the orchard family (Orchidaceae) that are commonly called Christmas orchids. They are found in several tropical areas but most come from southeast Asia. They can be evergreen or deciduous with thick roots and small pseudobulbs. The genus name comes from the Greek words kalos (beautiful) and anthe (flower). 

Leaves usually have a wrinkled appearance and the delicate flowers are showy in various colors.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Root rot can occur in wet soils.

Additional Calanthe images for Juniper Level Botanical Gardens

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Cultivars / Varieties:
'Kozu Spice', 'Takane'
Tags:
#showy flowers#winter blooming
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Kozu Spice', 'Takane'
Tags:
#showy flowers#winter blooming
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Calanthe
    Family:
    Orchidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
  • Leaves:
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No