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Phaius tankervilleae, Chinese Ground Orchid, Nun Orchid

Phaius tankervilleae

Chinese Ground Orchid, Nun Orchid
Family: Orchidaceae
Origin: Southern China, North India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia and the Pacific Islands
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersRed/crimson/vinous flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

This orchid has established itself throughout the Islands mostly in moist forests. This plant forms large clumps with inflorescences as tall as four feet bearing 10-20 fragrant flowers, opening up in succession. Sword shaped leaves develop as the tall inflorescens of white, rose and brown flowers reaches full bloom in the late spring. The species produces a new plant on a short bulb-like runner every year and flowers magnificently during March and April. It prefers the shade of trees and can take a long dry period before the flowering season. Use it for mass plantings or as a speciment in part shade. It is also good used as a potted plant.

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