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Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchids)

Moth Orchids


Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchids) is a genus of 60 species and several natural hybrids growing in tropical Asia to the Pacific Islands and Australia. These orchids are usually epiphytic (growing on trees), but occasionally lithophytic (growing on rocks) or terrestrial. They are among the most popular cultivated orchids and thousands of hybrids have been made throughout the years.

Phalaenopsis have a monopodial growth habit and lack pseudobulbs. They produce oval, fleshy leaves, sometimes flushed with purple or mottled with gray or silver, which make the plants attractive even when not in flower.

The showy flattened flowers are generally long lasting (4 months or more) and they come in a myriad of colors with spots and stripe combinations. The inflorescences range from short with few flowers to very branched floriferous stems. Healthy plants can flower often, sometimes with a few flowers throughout the year, though the main season is late winter into spring.

As an added bonus, some species are sweetly fragrant.

Moth Orchids are particularly beautiful and fairly easy to grow in the home or in the greenhouse. Adaptable, they are perfect for the beginner gardener.

Guide Information

Hardiness 10 - 12
Plant Type Orchids
Plant Family Phalaenopsis- Moth Orchids
Exposure Partial Sun
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 10 - 12
Plant Type Orchids
Plant Family Phalaenopsis- Moth Orchids
Exposure Partial Sun
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
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