Bletilla ochracea 'Chinese Butterfly'

Also known as:

  • Chinese Butterfly Hardy Ground Orchid

Plant Type

perennial, bulb / corm / tuber, orchid

Zones

7b-9b

Size

H:20"

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

well-drained, rich

Water Needs:

even moisture

Sun Exposure:

mostly sun, bright shade

Special Situation:

verticillium wilt resistant

Features

Flower Color:

cream, yellow

Foliage Color:

green

Flower Season:

summer

Foliage Season:

deciduous

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Wonderful ground orchid from a vigorous strain introduced by Linda Guy of Carolina Nurseries, with exotic flowers of five petals, in pale creamy yellow and a darker yellow lip spreckled with purple -- 3-5 blossoms on stem to 20" tall amongst iris-like foliage. Morning sun or light, dappled shade. Frost hardy at least into the single digits °F, upper USDA zone 7.

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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 blooms, Bletilla is one of my favorite orchids hands down. Hardiness Zone 6 – 10.

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The soft primrose yellow, 2-2-1/2" butterfly-like flowers are held on dainty but sturdy stems in summer atop the pleated medium green strap-like foliage. A hardy terrestrial orchid that does well in morning sun or filtered shade in a rich garden soil. This is an improved selection produced by Linda Guy of Carolina Nursery.

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Iris like leaves.Creamy yellow flowers.Shade

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One of the real treasures in the genus bletilla is the Chinese Bletilla ochracea. Although not as winter hardy as its cousin Bletilla striata, it more than makes up for this with its stunning jewel-like flowers. The 20" wispy flower stalks emerge from below-ground pseudobulbs, and top the iris-like pleated leaves in June. Each flower stalk is topped with 3-5 small, creamy yellow flowers, each highlighted with a purple and yellow speckled lip. Bletilla ochracea is a slow grower, more finicky than Bletilla striata...moist rich soil and morning sun or high filtered light shade are best. This is a particularly vigorous, precocious flowering seed strain introduced by Linda Guy of Carolina Nursery.

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