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Winter Cattleya Cattleya trianae

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KAT-lee-yuh try-AN-ay-ee
Description

Christmas Orchid is a lavender-white blooming orchid native to Columbia.  It has succulent light green leaves.

These plants grow best in bright, indirect light; the leaves will be lime green in color when the light levels are optimal.  A south-facing window works well and most will need 5,000 fc light intensity to flower consistently (full, direct sunlight is approximately 10,000 fc by comparison).  They tolerate temperatures between 60 and 90 F and prefer higher humidity levels.  Let the potting mix mostly dry out between waterings, but never let it fully dry.  Only divide if there will be least 4-5 pseudobulbs per division.

 

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#showy flowers#houseplant#perennials#specimen#purple flowers#colorful#epiphytic#pet friendly#hanging baskets#moist soil#well-drained soil#herbaceous perennials#large flowers#orchid#partial shade tolerant#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#container plants
 
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Tags:
#showy flowers#houseplant#perennials#specimen#purple flowers#colorful#epiphytic#pet friendly#hanging baskets#moist soil#well-drained soil#herbaceous perennials#large flowers#orchid#partial shade tolerant#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#container plants
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cattleya
    Species:
    trianae
    Family:
    Orchidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Columbia
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Epiphyte
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Shape:
    Funnel
    Lipped
    Flower Description:
    A terminal raceme, only one stalk growing per pseudobulb. The inflorescence is enclosed in a sheath to support the weight of the flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Waxy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Other/more complex
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblong
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves emerge from pseudobulbs and are thick, waxy, and leathery. The venation is parallel and the midveins are deeply impressed.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Hanging Baskets
    Houseplants
    Design Feature:
    Specimen