A paean to Bletilla ochracea

Kathy Stokmanis vikingdoc@earthlink.net
Thu, 15 Jul 2004 13:36:39 PDT
I believe I have identified this correctly,  This lovely little plant has been in flower since May and looks like it may go through August, even September.  There are actually almost mature seed pods on the same stalks with the flowers and buds.  It's not a flamboyant display but I don't have any other geophyte (almost geophyte?) with a similar length of flowering.  It didn't do this last year, which was my first year growing it.    This year has been unusually temperate (no 100+ F temps so far).  Bletilla striata does not flower nearly as long.

Kathy Stokmanis
N. CA, zone 8/9, where Galtonia, Liatris, the last of the Oriental lilies, Crocosmia, Begonia, xAmarcrinum, and Bletilla are brightening my summer with glorious blooms.

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