Common Name: Hardy Orchid, Chinese Ground Orchid "Striata"
Zone: 5 - 9
Habit: Upright, Bushy
Height: 12 - 18 inches
Spread: 6 to 12 inches
Bloom Time: Late Spring to Early Summer
Bloom Description: Showy, Pinkish-Purple, Tubular lip is deeply ribbed with a ruffles at the end
Foliage: Wide Pale Green
Features: Rock Garden, Containers,
"Striata"- The easiest orchid to grow, a terrestrial orchid from China, Taiwan and Japan They have wide green leaves that forms a slowly spreading clump. In early spring, tall stalks of very small lavender with a dark purple lip, cattleya orchid-like flowers are held atop the foliage. The rhizomes spread slowly and eventually form a nice mass. Grows best in moist to damp soils in 1-6 hours of sun. While they may grow in shade, flowering will be sparse if at all.
Best in part-shade areas of borders or rock gardens. Also may be grown in containers.
Sun: Part shade
Best grown in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soil in part shade. Some afternoon shade is essential if planted in full sun.
Plant corm-like pseudobulbs to 4” deep in spring. After flowering, continue to provide regular moisture to plants for the remainder of the growing season.
May not be reliably winter hardy throughout USDA Zone 5 where a winter mulch is advisable.
Will naturalize over time in optimum growing conditions by short rhizomes.
No serious insect or disease problems. Slugs and snails are occasional visitors.