Brassia sp. (Spider Orchid) is a small shrub that typically grows 2-5 ft in height. It is a tropical plant native to Central America but can be grown in USDA Zones 9-11. This orchid is semi-shade loving and is an epiphyte, meaning it naturally grows attached to trees or other plants. The flowers of Brassia orchids are extremely unusual in color and can range anywhere from a yellow-green to a deep purple.
Besides its unique coloring, the Brassia orchid also attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators from the nearby surroundings. Brassia sp. has a unique floral structure that consists of long and spreading tepals. This structure also helps attract pollinators, but at the same time it is a reminder of the watering needs Brassia orchids require.
When planting this species, it is best to plant the orchid in a well-draining medium. Good air circulation is also key to the successful growth of the orchid, as this prevents the leaves and roots from getting too wet and developing brown spots. When growing in a pot, it is important to use a pot with ample drainage holes, as this ensures that any excess water is quickly expelled. In cold regions, it is best to move the orchid to a sheltered position in the winter, preferably in a greenhouse or indoors.
Overall, Brassia sp. (Spider Orchid) is a unique and desirable tropical plant that adds a unique touch to any garden, especially for its unusual color and shape of its blooms. It requires a bit more care than other orchids, but with the right maintenance and care, this plant will provide you with weeks of glorious blooms.