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Species Orchid, Lawn Orchid, Soldier Orchid, Centipede Grass Orchid

Zeuxine strateumatica

Family: Orchidaceae (or-kid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zeuxine (ZOO-zin-nee) (Info)
Species: strateumatica (strat-tee-MAT-ee-kuh) (Info)




Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


under 6 in. (15 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry


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

Bartow, Florida

Brooksville, Florida

Daytona Beach, Florida

Fernandina Beach, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports)

Miami, Florida

Newberry, Florida

Panama City, Florida

Shalimar, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Umatilla, Florida

Vero Beach, Florida

Wellborn, Florida

Wildwood, Florida

Winter Garden, Florida

Charleston, South Carolina

College Station, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 30, 2011, plantladylin from (Zone 1) wrote:

These have popped up in my lawn on occasion over the years and also in container plants. I haven't found them to be noxious weeds or invasive at all ... but rather, pretty little surprise plants!


On Mar 8, 2010, BPluckylady from Miccosukee Cpo, FL wrote:

This plant appeared in my yard in Bald Point, Franklin County in early March. There are about 10 of them. Have yet to see if they return or spread, but they are certainly a welcome harbinger of spring.


On Apr 23, 2009, bsgardens from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have one of these that pops up every 3 months. It just showed up one day on the edge of my lawn. It has teeny tiny seeds. If you catch it when it looks to be dying off that's when its time to collect the seeds. I love this neat little plant. It only seems to get at the tallest 6" from my experience.


On Jan 15, 2009, safische123 from Tampa, FL wrote:

This plant grows in Florida, Georgia and Texas in disturbed grassland areas. It is a true orchid, originating in Asia. It is not invasive, but rare, and acts as a groundcover. It attracts bees, butterflies and birds. If you try to transplant it, the plant will die. However, the plant does produce seeds or fruit, which may result in future lawn orchids where there was a failed transplant. The USDA does not list this plant as an invasive or noxious species. The plant is considered rare, and places where it has been found growing are being cataloged. I like the lawn orchids, and am letting them grow in with my butterfly plants or wildflowers and basil. There are many plants that grow in grassy areas that are beneficial to wildlife. A lawn without anything but grass is harmful to wildlife.