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Angraecum sesquipedale

Family: Orchidaceae (or-kid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Angraecum (an-GRY-kum) (Info)
Species: sesquipedale (ses-kwee-ped-AY-lee) (Info)

Synonym:Aeranthes sesquipedalis
Synonym:Angorchis sesquepedalis
Synonym:Macroplectrum sesquipedale
Synonym:Mystacidium sesquipedale

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
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Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

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Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BayAreaTropics On Feb 1, 2009, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

The famous Darwin orchid turns out to be a tough Orchid. I have kept mine outdoors here in the San Francisco bay area for two out of the last three winters 100% of the time and only a few days indoors in the winter of 07. Best in a greenhouse where it can reach up to 30" of course. But with some shelter and without artificial heating, a slow growing plant of interest outdoors here.
Very borderline in 10a,but should be worthwhile 10b.


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

Hayward, California
Naples, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida

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