Bletilla striata

Also known as:

  • Bletia gebina
  • Bletilla hyancinthina
  • Bletia striata
  • Bletilla elegantula
  • Bletilla gebina
  • Hardy Ground Orchid
  • Chinese Ground Orchid
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Plant Type

perennial, bulb / corm / tuber, orchid

Zones

6a-9b

Size

H:12"-15"
W:36"-48"

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

well-drained, rich

Water Needs:

even moisture

Special Situation:

verticillium wilt resistant

Sun Exposure:

mostly sun, bright shade, mostly shade

Features

Flower Color:

lavender

Foliage Color:

green

Flower Season:

spring

Texture:

grassy

Foliage Season:

deciduous

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Canby, Oregon

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Springfield, Oregon

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Stanwood, Washington

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Williams, Oregon

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3380 No. 6 Road Richmond, British Columbia

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Leafari

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2928 Jefferson Street Carlsbad, CA

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Thatcher, Arizona

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Arrowhead Alpines

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1310 N Gregory Road PO Box 857 Fowlerville, Michigan

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517-223-3581

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Raleigh, North Carolina

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Milton, Delaware

ZEPHYRANTHES

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78 Great Northern Hwy Midland, Western Australia

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(08) 9250 3682

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Xera Plants

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1114 SE Clay St. Portland, Oregon

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Secret Garden Growers

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Canby, Oregon

503-651-2006

Gossler Farms

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Springfield, Oregon

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Keeping it Green Nursery

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Stanwood, Washington

360-652-1779

Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.

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3380 No. 6 Road Richmond, British Columbia

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Arrowhead Alpines

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1310 N Gregory Road PO Box 857 Fowlerville, Michigan

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517-223-3581

ZEPHYRANTHES

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78 Great Northern Hwy Midland, Western Australia

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(08) 9250 3682

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Xera Plants

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1114 SE Clay St. Portland, Oregon

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503-612-9950

Little Prince of Oregon

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Aurora, Oregon

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Keeping it Green Nursery

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Stanwood, Washington

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Thatcher, Arizona

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Far South Wholesale Nursery

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1141 Penion Drive Austin, Texas

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Description by: Secret Garden Growers

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Rare, seldom offered, very choice HARDY perennial orchid! 12-14" tall stems emerge in late spring topped with pouting lipped, delicate looking orchids in lavender or white. Will eventually form a 3-4' wide colony in a light shade or morning sun exposure in loose garden soils. Easy to grow, undemanding and very popular!

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Description by: Leafari

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Gardeners tend to be curious and happy experimenting with new plants. Case in point, these hardy orchids. Orchids in the garden are not usually viable options for colder climates but Bletilla are tough. Happiest in partial or dappled shade, these little darlings add a touch of the unreal, "Hey are those. . .?"

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Description by: Florida Hill Nursery

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Debary, Florida

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Plant sends up prolific flowering spikes up to 3’ and covered in beautiful glowing rose lavender blooms, this is my favorite orchid hands down. Hardiness Zone 6 – 10. How to grow and care for Bletilla Orchids in the landscape: A deciduous terrestrial wild orchid commonly called the chinese orchid or the hardy orchid is well suited to woodland gardens, with blossoms that resemble little Cattleyas opening in June and July. The clusters of long-lasting flowers on slender stems and the deeply veined, Iris-like leaves arise from tuber-shaped rootstocks (corm-like pseudobulbs).

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Springfield, Oregon

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This ground orchid will make large clumps in semi shade. We have literally dozens of flowering stems every spring (June). The flowers are bright purple pink orchids along the stems.

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Richmond, British Columbia

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This easy terrestrial orchid is native to China and Japan. It produces elegant, cattleya-like, pinkish-purple flowers in groups of three to seven on stems rising to 18 inches tall. The leaves are arching, broad and grass-like. Best in part shade in evenly moist, well-drained soil.

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Fowlerville, Michigan

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A wonderful bulbous terrestrial orchid that is native from Japan through China to Tibet. Flowers resemble a purple Cymbidium; it is hardy with protection here. ZONE 5

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Milton, Delaware

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Hardy Orchid (Bletilla striata) is a great plant for woodland areas. In late spring a beautiful display of lavender flowers are produced. Can be used as a ground cover but is a little slow to fill in. Grows to height of 18 to 24 inches tall.

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Stanwood, Washington

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Blooms: spring-summer, magenta/ strap like foliage Zone 6-9. 12"-24", China, part shade-sun, moist, well drained

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Aurora, Oregon

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Hardy ground orchid. Pink-purple blooms.

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Portland, Oregon

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This terrestrial Chinese orchid is one of the easiest to grow in gardens and produces weeks of intricate showy flowers in woodland conditions. Individual leaves rise and have a palm-like accordian appearance. In July and August long stems support beautiful complex flowers that are dark pink with a white lip. Woodland conditions in rich well drained soil with ample moisture. Long-lived and undemanding it will eventually form large patches in time. Cold hardy and winter deciduous.

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Williams, Oregon

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A beautiful terrestrial orchid with erect flower stems clothed with grassy leaves ; racemes of large rosy-purple blossoms (A.W.Darnell); found natively in dry soil on the margins of thickets;dont'plant too deeply.PSh/M/GDr

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Lavender Pink. Of all of the terrestrial orchids, none are easier to grow than bletillas. These durable and hardy spring flowering orchids prefer a slightly moist or rich garden soil. About the only thing they don’t like is bone dry soil and full sun. If you have always thought that orchids were difficult to grow, give a bletilla a try. These orchids grow in the dirt! They are easy to grow and hardy to zone 6 (zone 5 with mulch). Bletilla Striata is native to Japan and China. This is an offer for three tubers with 2-3 growing points each. They are beautiful and will multiply! Plant in moist, well drained soil. Plant in pots or in ground under high branching trees. Soil should be high in organic matter. Blooms best when crowded. Water frequently. Produces 1-2 inch flowers for about six weeks in late spring and early summer. An established clump will have upwards of 50 blooms open at any time during this period. These are about a foot tall.

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This hardy and very easy-to-grow terrestrial orchid has upright, heavily textured, iris-like 10" long x 1" wide green leaves and forms a slowly spreading clump. In early spring, stalks to 15" tall of very small cattleya-like flowers are held atop the foliage. The rhizomes spread slowly and eventually form a nice mass. Bletilla striata grows best in moist to damp soils.

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