Bletilla striata

Chinese ground orchid

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Many of the hardy orchids can be a challenge to grow, but Chinese ground orchid is likely the most effortless. The pleated green leaves arise from a pseudobulb in springtime with exquisite orchid flowers appearing in springtime in shades of fuchsia to mauve with the lip being a touch darker. A mass planting of blooming Bletilla stiata is quite a sight to behold!

Quick Facts

Plant Type: clumping bulb

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: pink, purple

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: breathtaking orchid flowers in springtime

Wildlife Associations: bees

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, yellow

Great Color Partners: bronze, burgundy, purple, silver, violet, white

Culture Notes
Although a site with very hot afternoon sun should be avoided, plant the pseudobulbs about 4 inches deep in full sun to light shade and water regularly during the dry season. Bletilla striata grows best in well-drained soil that is loamy or sandy.