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Stanhopea nigroviolacea (Upside down orchid)

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Plant description

stanhopea nigroviolaceae upsidedown orchid

stanhopea nigroviolaceae upside down orchid.

Stanhopea nigroviolacea, the Upside down orchid, is an epiphytic orchid, native to cooler areas of South America. It can be grown in temperate climates as well as subtropical and tropical. The flowers are strongly perfumed with a vanilla fragrance, and emerge from the base of the plant in spring to autumn. The flowers are best viewed in a hanging basket.

Stanhopea needs an open, well drained mix. It likes a part shaded position. Water regularly through the warm months, less in winter. Fertilise in spring and summer with an orchid fertiliser.

Propagation is by division of the plant.

Further reading: Australian Native Orchids (an article written by native plant expert Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: cream, purple, yellow
Flowering season: spring summer autumn

Scent

The flowers are strongly vanilla perfumed

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.4 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 0.4 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Moths, butterflies.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: not specified.

Sand: not specified.

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: not specified.

Types of fertiliser: Orchid fertiliser.

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