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Brassavola sp., Lady of the Night
Brassavola flagellaris

Brassavola sp.

Lady of the Night
Family: Orchidaceae
Origin: Central America, Southern America
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeEpiphyteRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersWhite, off-white flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Growing Brassavola sp. is relatively easy and they can be grown in either pot culture or in a basket as an epiphyte. From spring to autumn, Brassavola sp. should be kept in semi-shade, where they receive no direct sunlight, but only mild direct sun. During the winter months, they can be kept in a brightly lit spot with no direct sunlight. The small shrub grows to a height of 2-5 ft and produces beautiful white, off-white or pink flowers. Brassavola sp. is cold hardy and can be grown in USDA Zone 9-11, although they should be protected when temperatures get too low. In cold regions, pot culture is preferable and Brassavola sp. should be protected from frost and placed in a pot with well-draining soil. It's important to keep the potting soil moist, but not wet. Regular watering is necessary during the growing season, with a moderate water supply in winter. This plant not only looks great but also attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators.

Most Brassavola orchids are very fragrant, attracting pollinators with their citrusy smell. But they are only fragrant at night, in order to attract the right moth. Longevity of flowers depends on the species and is between one and weeks.

In 1698, Brassavola nodosa was introduced to Holland from the Caribbean island Curaçao. This marked the beginning of the propagation of this tropical orchid and sparked a widespread fascination for orchids.

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