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Species Orchid, Moth Orchid, Lovely Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis amabilis

Family: Orchidaceae (or-kid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phalaenopsis (fay-lay-NOP-sis) (Info)
Species: amabilis (a-MAH-bih-liss) (Info)
Synonym:Phalaenopsis elisabethae
Synonym:Phalaenopsis gloriosa
Synonym:Phalaenopsis elisabethae
Synonym:Phalaenopsis gloriosa
Synonym:Phalaenopsis grandiflora


Tropicals and Tender Perennials


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter




Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Napa, California

Port Saint Lucie, Florida

Akron, Ohio

St John, Virgin Islands

Appleton, Wisconsin

Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 1, 2011, twowee from Silver Spring, MD wrote:

I purchased one last Mar. with flowers, and the flowers lasted until Sept. Recently, in Jan. there's a new spike growing. It's worth my $15 for the plant (you don't have to spend a lot of money on orchids; local huge retailers where you buy grocery and furniture have them).

My white orchid flowers last longer than my pinkish-purple orchid (3-4 months). Moth orchids, I get new spike(s) within 5 months.


On Sep 8, 2010, red4husker from Columbus, NE wrote:

Hi..I need some help with my orchid..I am not sure of the variety..but it has grown a "proliferation" on the old flower stem..
I am not sure how to keep this plant alive..and when should I put in some orchid potting soil..this is my very first orchid..and I am quite the rookie..any help or direction will be greatly appreciated!!


On Jun 20, 2005, kennedyh from Churchill, Victoria
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

I know that orchid flowers can stay open a long time but I was absolutely amazed at the longevity of the flowers on this species. We purchased it as a pot plant in January 1993, in flower and I was amazed that season at how long the flower lasted. As I remember it was over two months. It put up a fresh flower spike in December of the same year, but we went away for a time and it got too dry and the flower spike died. We managed to save the plant and it then put up another flower spike somewhat out of season, and it opened its solitary flower on 12th April 1994 (mid-autumn). After its long flowering the previous time, I made a point of noting the date that it opened. Well this flower then outlasted any other flower I have ever known by a mile. I took another picture just when I detected the... read more