In the spring, Oeceoclades maculata (Monk Orchid) will display its beautiful blooms. The flowers, which range in color from pink to white and off-white, are large and fragrant. The 1-2 inch blossoms have a central column of petals, surrounded by a large fan of petals that can have lighter colored stripes running through them. The foliage is ornamental in its own right, with its large, deep-green mottled leaves. Oeceoclades maculata is a terrestrial orchid species that can measure between 2-5 feet in height.
In order to thrive, Oeceoclades maculata needs to be kept in an environment that mimics its natural habitat. The plant can be grown in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11. The plant prefers full sun to semi-shade, and moderate waterings. It is also important to ensure that the plant remains in an environment with high humidity, which is why these plants prefer to be kept in a container in colder regions. When potting the monk orchid, use a very well-draining soil mixture and a container with drainage holes at the bottom.
With the correct care, Oeceoclades maculata will bloom every year in the springtime, bringing the beauty of its pink and white blooms to any environment. All in all, this small and hardy species is a stunning and low-maintenance addition to any garden or patio.