Bletilla striata 'Alba'
   compleat botanica    plants    specimen names    Specimen (Bi - Bl)   
This page was created using standard templates and sample data from
The Compleat Botanica.

Learn how you can publish your own plant pictures and plant-related data using
The Compleat Botanica.









Bletilla striata 'Alba'

hardy orchid
Chinese orchid
hyacinth orchid

  family orchidaceae 
  genus bletilla 

More specimen entries
[prev]  [bletilla striata 'alba']  [Next]


Genus  Bletilla Species  striata Variety  Cultivar  Alba Common names  hardy orchid   Chinese orchid   hyacinth orchid Family  ORCHIDACEAE Specimen number  S11567 Data source  HtZn p84
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Seasonal bulb Life span  1 - 3 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  8" - 1' 8" Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full shade Water  Moist, well drained Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 05a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 08-02 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Bletilla striata 'Alba' can survive cold winters where the average annual low is -20� Fahrenheit. Chinese orchid (also known as hyacinth orchid and hardy orchid) needs summer days with high heat. This plant likes full shade. It does well in moist, well drained soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Bulb Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Bletilla striata 'Alba' is typically propagated using its bulbs.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Bletilla striata 'Alba' is a seasonal bulb. Flowers: Chinese orchid (locally known in some parts as hyacinth orchid and hardy orchid) has nodding flowers on short stems. May and June are the usual months for blossoms. Typically the flowers are either cream or white.

Page 685 of 4998

Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


  Order your copy here