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PlantFiles: Orchid, Chinese Ground Orchid, Bletilla 'Chinese Butterfly'
Bletilla ochracea

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Family: Orchidaceae (or-kid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bletilla (bleh-TIL-uh) (Info)
Species: ochracea (oh-KRA-see-uh) (Info)
Clonal name: Chinese Butterfly

Synonym:Jimensia ochracea

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Category:
Bulbs
Perennials

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
White/Near White
Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Smooth-Textured
Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive dmj1218 On Jun 1, 2008, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I think this is the best Bletilla species, at least it is my favorite; although all of them are really nice.

Will bloom from seed in no more than two years (can bloom 1st year) and is definitely seed stable.

Regional...

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

Sacramento, California
San Francisco, California
Venus, Florida
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Beaufort, South Carolina
Bluffton, South Carolina
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Chesapeake, Virginia



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