Bletilla sp

James Waddick
Wed, 15 Jun 2005 07:07:29 PDT
Dear All;
	B. striata is a fairly common garden plant here. It is 
available at most garden centers and a no-brainer. I've had clumps in 
full sun and full shade for years. Typical purple or white flowers, 
white edge-foliage and one named sort with a bright purple lip (name 
evades me).
	It is subject to late spring frosts and may loose a few 
flowers, but easy almost anywhere (all clay soils). It persists and 
multiplies slowly.

	It is very common in parts of China and I have seen small 
children collect flowers along the road side in Sichuan. I recall 
they just pull up the flower stem with a leaf or two attached. When 
they have their arms full they go to market. Of course in Sichuan it 
gets about 4 times taller than it does here.

	I have tried a few other species and hybrids -all with 
'yellow' flowers - and none survive, but I believe B. striata is the 
most northern species. There's around 10 sp. in the genus and they 
should all do well in milder climates.

	Best	Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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