Chinese Ground Orchid (Bletilla striata)

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Botanical names:
Bletilla striata Accepted
Bletilla striata f. gebina Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 18-24 inches
Plant Spread: 12-15 inches
Leaves: Other: Herbaceous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Will Naturalize
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: this plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Various insects
Awards and Recognitions: Other: UC Davis Arboretum All Star; 2014 Great Plants Picks Award Winner


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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on Apr 28, 2013 10:04 PM

Taken from wikipedia's page at:

"Bletilla species are generally hardy, though some need protection from severe frost. It is better to keep them in pots of well drained media so that water does not sit around the roots during winter when the plants are not actively growing. They should also be watered sparingly at the start of the growing season as the new shoots emerge, as new roots often do not follow for around four weeks afterwards.

The flowers and leaves are at the mercy of late frosts, which are to be avoided if at all possible with coverings of a sheet or newspapers. Resist the temptation to remove the mulch layer even if the new growths are raising up the mulch due to an early Spring, unless no more frosts are likely. Unlike most tropical orchids, B. striata has attractive foliage even when not flowering. The pleated, tapered foliage looks very similar to the juvenile leaves of many palm species. A well established clump of these in flower is quite beautiful and they are surprisingly hardy even into USDA Zone 5 with a heavy mulch. They easily succeed in USDA Zone 6 with only a moderate mulch of straw or leaves. These hardiness ratings only apply to plants in the ground with the idea of preventing the actual root system from being frozen. If potted, they should be placed in a frost-free location if winter temperatures go below freezing. The plant is generally considered hardy without a mulch if minimum winter temperatures do not go below 25°F."

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Posted by xeronema (Padova - Zone 7b) on Nov 9, 2012 12:09 PM

Bletilla striata from Vietnam

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