Anacacho Orchid Tree
White Orchid Tree, Pata de vaca
Southwest Texas and northeastern Mexico
- Central Texas
- Full Sun
- Part Sun/Shade
- Attracts Pollinators
About This Plant
Sun to part shade; partially evergreen if there’s south wall protection. Unique hoof-like leaves and orchid-like flowers appear in spring and periodically throughout the year. These are a pollinator magnet, requiring little to no supplemental water once established. Anacacho is a multi-trunked small specimen tree or a mounding shrub; it performs well in thin, rocky soil.
Remember, pruning is always optional. Don’t overprune young plants to force them into a treelike shape; losing all their lower branches in a single day may result in a severely weakened individual. To maintain a healthy specimen, leave the upper 2/3 of the tree’s height uncut, and never remove more than the lowest third in a single pruning period — for example, on a 12-foot tree, stick to the lowest 4 feet.
8-15' H, 6-15' W
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Bees, Butterflies, Butterfly Larvae, Hummingbirds, Pollinators