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Phaius tankervilliae /Nun's Orchid

Phaius tankervilliae  / Phaius tankervilliae
Stalks of flowers
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Stalks of flowers

Flower stalks of rusty-red flowers

Close-up image of flowers

Rusty-red flowers and aspidistra-like foliage

Coarse textured foliage

Stalks of spring flowers

Clusters of flowers

Selection that has darker petals

Close-up of a deaker flowered selection

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Scientific Name: Phaius tankervilliae
Common Name: Nun's Orchid
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Winter
Flower color: White, Purple
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Yes
Landscape Categories: Plants with Fragrance
Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: Can grow in bright light, but does best in filtered light. The flowers open sequentially beginning at the bottom of the spike. They last from 4 to 6 weeks. The flowers have a rose lip and dark throat surrounded by yellow-brown petals with a white back. Aphids, thrips broad mites and spider mites attack this orchid.