Chicken Feet, Chicken Foot Orchid, Pearl Orchid

Chloranthus spicatus

Family: Chloranthaceae
Genus: Chloranthus (klo-RAN-th-us) (Info)
Species: spicatus (spi-KAH-tus) (Info)


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

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)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Full Shade



Bloom Color:

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Kailua Kona, Hawaii

Chicago, Illinois

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 28, 2010, Ispahan from Chicago, IL (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant has been a pure joy to have around. I obtained a couple of semi-dormant cuttings from a very kind and generous gardener in California in December 2009, and they rooted easily in a glass of water during the cold darkness of a Chicago winter. The cuttings have grown easily and steadily since that time in an unshaded north window. It started to bloom this May and has been forming waves of flowers every few weeks. I love everything about this plant: its understated elegance, quiet beauty and unusual flower form. But its best feature is definitely the wonderful fragrance of the flowers. It is a pure, clean, sweet, citrusy scent a lot like Aglaia odorata but maybe stronger. It can lightly fill up a room with its fragrance or it can send heady clouds of fragrance to a distant co... read more