Chinese Ground Orchid

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Chinese Ground Orchid

Bletilla striata
Hardy Orchid
12

18 inches
6

12 inches
East Asia
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Low
  • Evergreen
  • Flowering

About This Plant

Partial shade; evergreen. Best in a woodland setting, especially under deciduous trees where it can get a bit of sun in winter. Sword-like leaves resemble iris or cast-iron plant. Purple flowers appear in mid-spring, and may last up to ten weeks.

Chinese ground orchid is an old-fashioned garden favorite; once established, it’s carefree, freeze-tolerant and drought-hardy.

Maintenance

Ground orchid prefers well-drained moist soil; if you’re in heavy clay, be sure to mix in compost to allow the roots some oxygen when wet. As long as it’s kept mulched in shade, it’s quite drought hardy; it just grows more slowly.

Features

Plant Type:
Perennial
Size:
12-18" H, 6-12" W
Sunlight Requirements:
Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Sandy, Well drained
Wildlife:
Flower Color:
Pink, Purple
Bloom Time:
April, May
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

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