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CYMBIDIUM eburneum

Image of Cymbidium eburneum

Family

Orchidaceae

Botanical Name

CYMBIDIUM eburneum

Plant Common Name

Cymbidium Orchid, Ivory Cymbidium

General Description

Ivory cymbidium's flowers are white, as the name suggests, but also faintly blushed with pale pink. Its signature feature is a delicious fragrance akin to that of lilacs. Native from northern India to Vietnam, this tropical epiphyte (tree dweller) or lithophyte (rock dweller) can be found growing in cool highland cloud forests and cliff sides.

Long, light green, sword-shaped leaves arise from the oval pseudobulbs of this large, clump-forming evergreen orchid. Actively growing in the warm rains of summer, the pseudobulbs mature by the start of the cool, moist winter. A flower stalk lined with one to three flowers appears from winter into spring. Each flower is white to creamy ivory with hints of pink. The insect pollinated blossoms have ruffled labellums (lips) with yellow throats and are extremely long lasting.

Grow ivory cymbidium in nearly full sun and friable, humus rich potting medium or fine tree bark nuggets. It adapts well to container culture as long as water can freely drain from the roots. Healthy leaves are yellow-green. If they become dark green, they need more light. Provide ample water with diluted fertilizer when plants are actively growing in spring and summer. By late summer, offer them cool or chilly night temperatures to induce flowering.

This large orchid is an ideal tropical accent plant for floral borders, large containers or tree gardens. Indoor specimens should be grown in cool sun rooms with bright light. Protect from hard freezes, warm nighttime temperatures and do not over water. The flowers are magnificent when cut for arrangements or corsages.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 12

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Epiphyte

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    20"-30" / 50.8cm - 76.2cm

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Native To

    Southern Asia, India, Nepal, China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No