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PlantFiles: Orchid, Ground Orchid, The Striped Bletilla, Bletilla 'Variegata'
Bletilla striata

Family: Orchidaceae (or-kid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bletilla (bleh-TIL-uh) (Info)
Species: striata (stree-AH-tuh) (Info)
Clonal name: Variegata

Synonym:Bletia gebina
Synonym:Bletia hyacinthina
Synonym:Bletia striata
Synonym:Bletilla elegantula
Synonym:Bletilla gebina

One member has or wants this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mikayak On Jan 19, 2007, mikayak from Severn, MD wrote:

I have had awesome success with this plant just North of Annapolis, MD. When I moved here in 1996, the soil was 90% sand. Bletilla is one of the only plants that actually grew - and even multiplied for the first few years. The only problem I have is that they tend to emerge before the last freeze and about 1 out of every 5 years they freeze before blooming. Plants survive fine. But the display is over if this occurs. Another plus is that the voles only "like" and don't "love" I don't lose to many to the varmints!

Neutral Baa On Jan 12, 2003, Baa wrote:

This is a variegated cultivar of B. striata.

Flowers April - July

Needs a moist, well-drained, leafy soil in light shade and a sheltered position if growing outside. Prefers a dry winter dormancy and may need a winter mulch in regions that have regular frosts.


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

Santa Ana, California
Kenner, Louisiana
La Plata, Maryland
Severn, Maryland
Ludington, Michigan

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