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Laelia anceps

Laelia

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Key information

Plant type

General houseplant

Flower colour

Rose

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Expert

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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