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Bletilla

Terrestrial Orchid

This nontemperamental terrestrial orchid debuts lovely Cattleya-shaped flowers with wide open mouths and finely pleated floral pouches. Perched on slender stems, the luxe blooms adorn a cold-hardy medium green clump of attractive, ribbed Iris-like leaves that slowly spread by tuberous rhizomes. Bletilla adore dappled shade, heavy winter mulch and evenly moist, well-drained sites, while withstanding occasional drought.

<i>Bletilla striata</i> ‘Alba Variegata’

‘Alba Variegata’s claim-to-fame is the delicate pearl-colored flowers, whose tips are blushed with subtle mauve shades, plus its broad blade-like leaves that are embellished with creamy white margins and interior streaks. Steeped in ornate elegance, 3 to 7 luminous flowers gather on slender stems above an undemanding artful stand of variegated foliage.

Blooms April–July

Size: 15" – 2' 0" high x 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Discovered years ago in Japan’s Wakayama region and plagued by rumors of being too temperamental, this chic seed-grown terrestrial Orchid is easy to grow, but still hard to find. The appealing medium green clump hosts enchanting blue-violet blossoms that are a beacon of sophistication for containers or jewel box plantings. Bletilla adore dappled shade, heavy winter mulch and evenly moist, well-drained sites, while withstanding occasional drought.

Blooms April–July

Size: 15" – 2' 0" high x 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

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Current Staff’s Favorite Plant

Current Staff’s Favorite Plant

Our feature plant: Primula vulgaris ssp. sibthorpii

Precious Primulas, Prized Pulmonarias and Fabulous Foliage!

Primulas offer elaborately-crafted colorful blooms in varied shapes,……

including draped bells, candelabras, drumsticks and pincushions. Many Primrose flowers  waft a delectable scent. Second-to-none for the dappled recesses of your garden, these easily grown, cold-hardy Primulas crave well-drained, humus-rich niches with adequate moisture and good air circulation. They can grace containers or be planted in swaths along shady walkways or in woodland gardens. Be sure to peruse our online Primulas.

Prized Pulmonarias……

One of the earliest perennials to bloom, you can be picking their enchanting urn-shaped flowers in February while the rest of the garden still slumbers. Many cultivars showcase an array of mercury-hued dapples, speckles and spots, while others sport solid pewter sheens or striking silver streaks. Easy-to-grow Pulmonarias prefer the lacy light of a woodland setting plus cool moist soil. Our newsletter also includes a handful of other shade-loving perennials that promise alluring foliage. Many of these perennials can be partnered with Pulmonarias for intriguing foliar contrast. You may wish to check out our online Pulmonaria offerings.

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