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

Bletilla striata, Chinese Ground Orchid

Grow orchids in your own back yard with Chinese Ground Orchid, Bletilla striata. Graceful creatures, their deep lavender blossoms look like miniature Cattleya Orchids. In spring to early summer elegant purple orchids on wiry 30″ 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

Common Name

Chinese Ground Orchid

Bloom Color

Pink

Bloom Time

Spring, Early Summer

Foliage Color

Green

Light Requirements

Part Shade

Height

30″

Width

12-15″

Uses

Beds, Containers, Cut Flower, Fragrant, Woodland Gardens

Soil

Moist, Rich

Water Needs

Average, Consistent

Zone

6-9

Plant Type

Perennial