Chicken Feet, Chicken Foot Orchid, Pearl Orchid
Chloranthus spicatus

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

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

Flowers are fragrant

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

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

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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

Kailua Kona, Hawaii

Chicago, Illinois

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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