While not a Japanese native, we had so much fun growing these last summer we had to offer them. Pleione are distributed throughout the mountains and foothills of the Himalayas. A truly hardy and easy to grow orchid the species are well adapted to cold temperatures and even frost. The growth habit of these unusual terrestrial orchids stems from a relatively large pseudobulbs the form on top of the soil. Pleione are renowned for their big, showy flowers that originate from new shoots formed at the base of the pseudobulb in early spring. They are pink to purplish, white or yellow, while the fringed, tubular lip is often paler or white, with yellow, red or purple dots and stripes. Blooms are spectacular and will last over a month. They are easily grown by the layman, easy to propagate and therefore are becoming very popular orchids. They are also accustomed to growing on cliff sides and steep moss-covered slopes and have a small root mass which make them excellent plants for small pots. We are excited to see them used more in kusamono plantings.
- Height: flower 15 cm 6(in), leaf 30 cm (12 in)
- Zones: 6–10
- Sold as individual psuedobulbs
Plants sales are closed for 2018. We will be shipped again starting March 2019. See our shipping policy for more information.
There are many varieties of Bletilla Strata that span a large range of colors and form. Below are some deal details of the different varieties we offer at kusamono gardens.
Pleiones work very well in kusamono. They add some beautiful color when they bloom in early spring and elecant green foliage the rest of the summer.