Species Orchid, Darwin's orchid, Christmas orchid, Star of Bethlehem orchid, and King of the Angraec
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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Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Epiphytes

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Evergreen

Smooth-Textured

Rubbery-Textured

Leathery-Textured

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)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Hayward, California

Naples, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

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.