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LUDISIA argyroneura

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Family

Orchidaceae

Botanical Name

LUDISIA argyroneura

Plant Common Name

Jewel Orchid

General Description

Beautiful, dark, velvety green leaves with crackled yellowy venation lend this jewel orchid spectacular beauty all season long. A native of equatorial rain forests from Indonesia to the Philippines, this terrestrial beauty lacks pseudobulbs but grows from an elongated, creeping rhizome from which emanates stout, fleshy roots.

The pointy, oblong to elliptical leaves are covered with tiny hairs that give the surface a velvety look and feel. The topsides are deep green with ornate contrasting venation and undersides purplish green. In autumn to early winter an upright cluster (raceme) of tiny greenish yellow to bronzy maroon flowers appear. These are faintly fragrant and insect pollinated.

Grow jewel orchid in frost-free gardens or conservatories with bright, indirect light. They grow best in a well-drained pot with a combination of grit and peat potting mix. To keep the foliage looking perfect, keep the soil evenly moist, but never wet, and offer good air movement and high ambient humidity. Jewel orchid is relatively easy to grow and makes an attractive houseplant.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 9

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    6"-12" / 15.2cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm

  • Native To

    Southeastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, 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, Groundcover, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No