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PlantFiles: Species Orchid, Jewel Orchid, Variegated Ludisia
Ludisia discolor

Family: Orchidaceae (or-kid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ludisia (loo-DIS-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: discolor (DIS-kol-or) (Info)

Synonym:Gonogona discolor
Synonym:Haemaria discolor
Synonym:Goodyera discolor
Synonym:Orchiodes discolor

23 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)
Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mkjones On Feb 18, 2005, mkjones from Aurora, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

EASY orchid. =)

Positive hanna1 On Dec 20, 2004, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

So far it has the prettiest leaves of all Orchid collection!

Positive Toxicodendron On Dec 16, 2003, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

My Jewel Orchid always blooms in December and January. It is by far the most dependable and easy to grow orchid in my limited collection. Whenever it gets leggy, I cut off the tips and stick them back in the pot and they root without any special care like plastic bags, misting, etc. I use an orchid mix with a little soilless peat/perlite mix added to it. Unfortunately, the velvety texture of the leaves interferes with getting a clear picture of how beautiful they really are.

Positive jacobsons On Sep 22, 2003, jacobsons wrote:

My Ludisia Discolor is deep purple with white stripes and beautiful spikes of white tiny flowers, 10" to 15" long. It blooms in the winter. A beautiful specimen foliage plant. Easy to grow and propagate.

I have used the flowers for floral bouquets; they make excellent cut flowers and they last for about a month.

Neutral Baa On Oct 9, 2001, Baa wrote:

Terrestrial, mound forming orchid from South East Asia.

Has broad, ovate, variable coloured but often dark green/burgandy, velvet leaves with conspicuous veining. Bears spikes of small, pure white, fragrant flowers.

Flowers when it wants to and for several months at a time.

There seems to be some debate of the ease of growing Ludisia, I personally have never found a plant which puts up with so much neglect. It will grow in practically any soil as long as its well drained and isn't standing in water but loves high humidity. It prefers deep shade and a large pot as it grows quite large.

The stems like to drape themselves over the pot edge and can be grown outside as ground cover in a frost free area.


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

Dothan, Alabama
Brea, California
Castro Valley, California
Bartow, Florida
Bradley, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Eustis, Florida
Havana, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Homestead, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lecanto, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Madison, Georgia
Davenport, Iowa
Mount Sterling, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Tupelo, Mississippi
West Orange, New Jersey
Cincinnati, Ohio
Bandera, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Roanoke, Texas
Puyallup, Washington

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