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CYMBIDIUM goeringii

Image of Cymbidium goeringii

Family

Orchidaceae

Botanical Name

CYMBIDIUM goeringii

Plant Common Name

Cymbidium Orchid, Goering's Cymbidium, Korean Spring Orchid

General Description

Easily mistaken for a grass when flowers are absent, Goering's cymbidium is a prized orchid in gardens across the warm temperate areas of China, Japan and southern Korea. Faintly fragrant golden green to chartreuse flowers appear in winter and spring. These are only subtly showy and often camouflaged by the foliage, though some come in more exciting colors, such as white, pink, golden orange and bright yellow-green. In the wild, this species is naturally distributed from Bhutan eastward to the Korean peninsula and Japan's Ryukyu Islands.

This semi-evergreen orchid grows from small, oval pseudobulbs from which arise grassy leaves of bright green. Plants actively grow in spring and summer and produce flowers stems from winter to spring when growing conditions are cool. Each stem (scape) bears one to three flowers. Each small blossom has three narrow sepals of yellow-green and three smaller, more central petals with one ruffled labellum (lip).

Grow Goering's cymbidium orchid in nearly full sun and friable, humus-rich garden soil. It adapts well to container culture as long as water can freely drain from the roots. Provide ample water with diluted fertilizer when in active growth in spring and summer. By late autumn, plants should be exposed to cool to chilly night temperatures which induce flowering. This species is tolerant of frost but prolonged subfreezing temperatures damage foliage and flowers. Some opt to grow them in protected cold frames where winters are cold.

Plant this diminutive orchid as a companion to wildflowers and grasses in a meadow garden.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    14"-20" / 35.6cm - 50.8cm

  • Width

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia, India, Nepal, China, Japan, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • 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, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No