Bletilla striata Alba, Chinese Ground Orchid
Bletilla Alba, Chinese Ground Orchid

Bletilla striata Alba, Chinese Ground Orchid

From Japan comes the stunning Alba Chinese Ground Orchid, Bletilla striata, a graceful creature with soft white blossoms. In spring to early summer elegant white orchids on wiry stems appear. Adding to its appeal is its thick, arching leaves that are pleated, looking very similar to the juvenile leaves of many palm species. Its delicate blossoms are sweetly scented, and like many orchids, lovely cut flowers.

A beautiful orchid that is hardy and reasonably easy to grow given rich soil and adequate moisture. Stunning in woodland settings. Their rhizomes will multiply over the years, making lovely colonies.

Plant in part shade locations in well-drained soil that has been amended with organic mater. For best results, keep evenly moist. Protect plants from bitter cold with a deep layer of mulch added by mid November or later, when the ground is beginning to freeze.

Additional Information

Botanical Name

Bletilla striata Alba

Common Name

Chinese Ground Orchid

Bloom Color

White

Bloom Time

Spring, Early Summer

Foliage Color

Green

Light Requirements

Part Shade, Shade

Height

24″

Width

12-15″

Uses

Beds, Containers, Cut Flower, Fragrant, Woodland Gardens

Soil

Moist, Rich

Water Needs

Average, Consistent

Zone

6-9

Plant Type

Perennial