Ludisia (Jewel Orchid)
Ludisia, commonly known as Jewel Orchid, is a genus of orchids native to Southeast Asia. It is unique among orchids for its preference for terrestrial growth and its focus on foliage rather than flowers.
Size: The growth habit of Ludisia is low and spreading. It typically reaches a height of 1-2 feet (30-60 cm) and a similar spread. The plant’s standout feature is its velvety, dark green leaves with striking red or pink veins.
Flowers: Ludisia produces small, white flowers on tall, slender spikes that emerge from the base of the plant. The blooming season is generally in the winter, providing a bright contrast to the dark winter days.
Hardiness: As tropical plants, Ludisia orchids are hardy in USDA zones 11-12. In colder climates, they are often grown as houseplants.
Uses: Ludisia orchids are primarily used for ornamental purposes and prized for their attractive foliage. They make excellent houseplants and can be used in terrariums due to their low-light requirements.
A key fact about Ludisia orchids is their adaptability to low light conditions, which sets them apart from most orchids that require bright, indirect light. This, combined with their beautiful foliage and easy-care nature, makes them a popular choice for indoor cultivation. Despite their exotic appearance, Ludisia orchids are one of the easiest orchids to grow, making them a great choice for beginners to the world of orchid care.