Bletilla striata/Chinese Ground Orchid

Bletilla striata / Bletilla striata
Long, narrow leaves and pinkish-purple flowers
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Long, narrow leaves and pinkish-purple flowers

Spring flowers and a couple of dried seed pods

Dried seed pod

Flowers and dried seed pods

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Scientific Name: Bletilla striata
Common Name: Chinese Ground Orchid
Plant Type: Evergreen
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: to 1 foot
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Pink, Purple
Light Exposure: Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: Best grown in rich, organic soil. Mulch in zone 5 during winter to protect pseudobulbs. Will not grow in hot afternoon sun. Provide a porous, well drained soil and shade during the hot parts of the day in the Lower South.