Species Orchid, Dillon's Vanilla
Vanilla dilloniana

Family: Orchidaceae (or-kid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vanilla (van-IL-a) (Info)
Species: dilloniana

Category:

Perennials

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Pale Green

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Smooth-Textured

Leathery-Textured

Other details:

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Jan 4, 2008, maallkimi from Leverkusen
Germany wrote:

This species has been reported as a native to florida,although,extremely rare and may not currently be found in the wild.It is also reported from different locations in the Caribbean.Leaf bracts are much larger than the other two leafless vanilla species but definitely are not true leafs.They are fairly persistence though and will only be seen on new growth and last year's growth.How all the other Vanillas is it a very rare sight to see it in Flower because it must be min. 12 Feet long.

Neutral

On Nov 29, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Though I have no personal experience with this plant other than study, it certainly deserves protection and propagation. This endangered species is only known in the Dade County (Miami, FL) area, though it is native to the West Indies, too.

An epiphytic vine with many branches, it prefers tropical hardwood limestone hammocks.