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common name: Garden Orchid, Urn Orchid, Hyacinth Orchid, Chinese Ground Orchid
synonyms: Bletilla hyacinthina
moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -1°C
USDA zone: 9 to 11
Half-hardy terrestrial orchid. Long linear leaves and sprays of magenta pink flowers on slender upright stems from late spring to early summer. Will eventually spread to make well sized clumps.
Moist, well-drained humus-rich soil in part shade and a sheltered site. Protect with a mulch in winter or grow in pots, kept frost-free.
By division or from seed
USed medicinally in China to treat wounds and haemorrhages.