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Herbaceous Perennial

Bletilla striata 'Albostriata'

A deciduous, terrestrial orchid with sword-shaped, pleated green leaves to 30cm long edged with white. From late spring to early summer, racemes of 3-7 pinkish-purple flowers are borne on stems to 50cm tall

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Purple Green White
Summer Pink Purple Green White
Autumn Green White
Winter
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Orchidaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Bletilla are deciduous terrestrial perennial orchids with tuber-like pseudobulbs, ribbed, linear to lance-shaped leaves, and erect racemes of bell-shaped flowers

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Under glass, grow in loamed-based potting compost (JI No.2) with added leaf mould, in bright filtered or bright indirect light. In summer water freely, applying a quarter strength balanced liquid fertiliser at every third watering. Keep dry in winter

Propagation

Propagate by division in early spring and replant immediately

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to glasshouse red spider mite, aphids, glasshouse whitefly and mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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