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× Brassocattleya Digbyano-Mossiae gx

A medium-sized, evergreen, epiphytic orchid with elongated, upright, cane-like stems growing from a short, creeping rhizome. Each stem - pseudobulb is narrow at the base, broadening upwards, carrying single dark-green leaf at the top. The leaves are stiff and leathery, broadly-oval, up to 20cm long. Large, showy flowers carried on short stems emerge from the terminal point on new, mature growth in spring or summer. Each flower measures over 15cm across. Colour varies from pale cream or pale pink, depending on the cultivar. The prominent lip with frilled edge is cream or pink, ofter with golden yellow throat. This popular primary hybrid was first registered by Veitch in 1889.

Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Well–drained, Moist but well–drained
Colour & scent
Spring Cream Pink Green
Summer Cream Pink Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Botanical details
Native to the UK
Clump forming, Columnar upright
Name status


How to grow


Grow in an open, coarse bark-based orchid mix with addition of perlite and coconut chips. Provide bright light conditions, but shade from hot, direct mid-day sun. Ideal temperatures are 15°C minimum in winter and up to maximum 28 °C during summer day. Water and feed plants regularly during the growing season. Ensure that all water drains away, preventing the plant sitting too wet. Provide enough humidity by regular misting. Reduce watering and feeding in winter months and keep in a bright, sunny position. As with many orchids, they grow best when well-established and slightly pot-bound. Re-potting should be only done if the plant overgrows its container or before the potting mix starts to deteriorate - approximately once in 2-3 years. The plant should only be re-potted when the new growth appears in spring. See also indoor orchid cultivation.


Mature plants may be divided when the plant overgrows its container. Each division should have at least 3 older growths with a sufficient amount of stored energy and water, to support new growth and reduce stress after repotting.

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Houseplants
  • Conservatory and greenhouse

No pruning required.


May be susceptible to glasshouse red spider mite, scale insects and mealybugs. Thrips may cause damage on flowers.


Generally disease-free. Poor air movement may cause bacterial or fungal rots. Good hygiene practice and sterilising cutting tools prevent the spread of virus diseases.

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