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Chinese Ground Orchid aka hardy orchid var. Spring star flower - Bletilla striata, grows sun to shade, any type of soil

Chinese Ground Orchid aka hardy orchid var. Spring star flower - Bletilla striata, grows sun to shade, any type of soil

Chinese Ground Orchid Bletilla striata  Hyacinth Bletilla, Hardy Orchid  Tags: Orchids,  Perennials

Chinese Ground Orchid Bletilla striata Hyacinth Bletilla, Hardy Orchid Tags: Orchids, Perennials

Bletilla striata. Easy to grow outside orchid. h 60cm. Up to 12 blooms from spring onwards. semi-shade. will survive in the ground in milder areas.

Bletilla striata. Easy to grow outside orchid. h 60cm. Up to 12 blooms from spring onwards. semi-shade. will survive in the ground in milder areas.

Bletilla striata 'Albostriata' - CHINESE GROUND ORCHID Grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in part shade. Prefers moist, organically rich soils that do not dry out. Plant pseudobulbs 1-2" deep in spring. Apply winter mulch in USDA Zones 5 and 6.

Bletilla striata 'Albostriata' - CHINESE GROUND ORCHID Grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in part shade. Prefers moist, organically rich soils that do not dry out. Plant pseudobulbs 1-2" deep in spring. Apply winter mulch in USDA Zones 5 and 6.

Last summer I was pleasantly surprised to learn about Bletilla striata, the Chinese  ground orchid, and how easy it is to grow in the Pacific Northwest. I was at a nursery and noticed a clump of pleated lily-like foliage in a garden border.  Tough, little, orchids. These terrestrial beauties grow in the ground, unlike their fancy tropical cousins who prefer to hang from trees in humid forests.

Last summer I was pleasantly surprised to learn about Bletilla striata, the Chinese ground orchid, and how easy it is to grow in the Pacific Northwest. I was at a nursery and noticed a clump of pleated lily-like foliage in a garden border. Tough, little, orchids. These terrestrial beauties grow in the ground, unlike their fancy tropical cousins who prefer to hang from trees in humid forests.

The name of this Hardy Ground Orchid in Japanese means "amazing lipstick," referring to the strong pink flush around the lip of its small white, Cattleya-like flower. Like its other B. striata cousins, this one is easy to grow in the lightly shaded garden or in containers and is long-blooming. As clumps of 'Kuchibeni' expand gradually, the effect is sensational, especially massed under deciduous trees. All Ground Orchids need a heavy winter mulch in Zone 6.

The name of this Hardy Ground Orchid in Japanese means "amazing lipstick," referring to the strong pink flush around the lip of its small white, Cattleya-like flower. Like its other B. striata cousins, this one is easy to grow in the lightly shaded garden or in containers and is long-blooming. As clumps of 'Kuchibeni' expand gradually, the effect is sensational, especially massed under deciduous trees. All Ground Orchids need a heavy winter mulch in Zone 6.

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