Orchidantha foetida is native to Thailand and is plantation is becoming increasingly popular as an ornamental green garden plant. The foliage is deep green and glossy, while the small flowers have an unusual color, which ranges from pale to deep lavender. The blooms are followed by bright blue fruits which are a favorite of birds and small mammals.
This small plant is usually 2-5 feet tall and wide, and thrives in rich, moist soil in semi-shade areas. It is important to keep in mind that Orchidantha requires regular water to thrive during its growing season. It does not tolerate drought, and should be given regular water and mulch to keep the soil moist. Overwatering is just as bad, and can lead to root rot.
Growing Orchidantha in pots can be particularly tricky. In cold climates, the best choice is to keep the pots indoors. The pot should have a drainage hole and be filled with a light, well-draining potting soil that is amended with compost or other organic matter. As with all plants, water the soil until the water is half-way up the pot, then let it dry before watering again. Make sure to move the pot to a protected area during winter, as this plant can be sensitive to cold temperatures.
In conclusion, Orchidantha foetida is a great addition to any garden and is suitable for USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11. It has attractive foliage and flowers, as well as unusual colored fruits, making it very popular. With the right care, it can provide a unique addition to any outdoor space.