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Laelia anceps


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Plant type

General houseplant

Flower colour






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photo by John Glover, copyright GAP Photos (16173)

Plant details

One of Anne Swithibank's favourite orchids, this species bears rose-pink flowers with reddish purple lips and yellow throats in winter. It is an epiphytic orchid that is best grown in a specialist compost in a slatted basket. In summer, it needs moist, shady conditions. Water freely and mist once or twice a day. Feed at every third watering. During winter, provide full light and water sparingly.

Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Laelia

Species: anceps

Plant type: General houseplant

Flower colour: Rose

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Expert

Height: 60cm

Spread: 30cm

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