Bletilla striata / Bletilla hyacinthina

("Hardy orchid / Chinese ground orchid")

Bletilla striata / Bletilla hyacinthina

Very pretty and inexpensive orchids with a great reputation of being the absolute easiest for a beginner to grow. Each shoot can have up to 6-12 flowers (even more on established older plants) with a ruffled lip and look like miniature Cattleya orchid flowers. The pleated and tapered foliage stays attractive even when the plants are not flowering.

What You Need To Know Before You Plant:

When Will This Flower Bloom?

Late Spring - Early Summer

When Should I Buy and Plant These Bulbs?


What Kind of Light Does This Bulb Prefer?

Partial sun with dappled or partial shade

What Color Will the Flower Be?


How Far Apart Should I Plant These Bulbs?

6 in / 15 cm

How Deep Should I Dig?

1 in / 3 cm

How Tall Will It Grow?

12-20 in / 30-50 cm

Recommended Number of Bulbs Per Square Foot?


Is It Deer/Critter Resistant?


How Can I Best Use It in My Landscaping?

As border edgings, in woodlands, rockgardens and containers.

Other Popular Varieties

(Besides the species itself); 'Alba' (white).

About the Family

Bletilla Family

Asia: China, Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam. It was one of the first orchids in cultivation in England around 1794.

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