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PlantFiles: Species, Natural Hybrid Orchid, Lily Leaves Twayblade, Mauve Sleekwort, Lily-like Leaf Liparis
Liparis liliifolia

Family: Orchidaceae (or-kid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Liparis (lip-AIR-iss) (Info)
Species: liliifolia (lil-ee-eye-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Additional cultivar information: (natural hybrid)

Synonym:Achroanthes liliifolia
Synonym:Cymbidium liliifolium
Synonym:Leptorkis liliifolia
Synonym:Malaxis liliifolia
Synonym:Mesoptera liliifolia

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


under 6 in. (15 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Green
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
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:
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Todd_Boland On Jan 16, 2005, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This orchid is very rare in Canada, being restricted to a few spots in southern Ontario. It is more common on the US side where it grows in the east-central states. It hails from open decidous forest and is even mor commonly found in clear-cut areas. It is not particularly showy being a mix of pale green and pale maroon.


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

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Leesburg, Virginia
Prospect, Virginia

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