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Pleione formosana (Windowsill Orchid)

Taiwan Pleione, Windowsill Orchid


Pleione formosana (Windowsill Orchid) is a miniature terrestrial orchid boasting large showy flowers that are almost oversized for this small plant. Blooming in spring, the pale or rose-pink flowers, 3 in. across (8 cm), are adorned with a conspicuous lip blotched with red or brown. They arise from a spherical pseudobulb bearing a single lance-shaped leaf. After flowering, the plant continues to develop its foliage before fading and disappearing completely in fall. Windowsill Orchids will naturalize and spread by bulb offsets, forming a charming clump over time. As attractive in pots and containers as it is in rock gardens, it is an excellent orchid for shade garden conditions and woodland gardens.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 6 in. tall and wide (15 cm).
  • Easily grown in sharply drained, moderately fertile, leafy, humus-rich soil in a sheltered spot in partial shade. This plant does not tolerate winter moisture.
  • Pleione Orchids can withstand a minimum temperature of 14°F (-10°C). In cold areas, protect from severe weather and winter wet.
  • A lovely addition to rock gardens, woodland gardens or containers.
  • Virtually disease free. Keep an eye out for slugs and snails.
  • Propagate by division of pseudobulbs.
  • Native to China, Taiwan.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 9
Plant Type Orchids, Perennials
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 5" – 6" (12cm – 15cm)
Spread 5" – 6" (12cm – 15cm)
Spacing 6" (15cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 9
Plant Type Orchids, Perennials
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 5" – 6" (12cm – 15cm)
Spread 5" – 6" (12cm – 15cm)
Spacing 6" (15cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden

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