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Epidendrum 'Purple' - Purple Reed Stem Orchid
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Orchidaceae (Orchids)
Origin: Tropical America
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Purple
Bloomtime: Year-round
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Epidendrum 'Purple' (Purple Reed Stem Orchid) - This evergreen orchid holds leafy stems growing up to 30 inches tall, producing balls of 30 or more brilliantly-colored 1-inch purple flowers on 18 inch terminal spikes. This locally popular (Santa Barbara) but unnamed variety is very floriferous with abundant flower spikes throughout the year. In time plants develop keikis (Hawaiian term for "babies"), which are new vegetative growths produced on old stems and flower spikes. Once these keikis develop their own 2- to 4-inch-long roots, they can easily be detached from the stem and planted individually in pots and grow readily in almost any setting, whether in a pot, mounted on a cork slab, or in raised flowerbeds outdoors, as climate permits. Strong, sturdy growth comes when plants are placed in bright light, even full sun along the coast. It benefits from fertilizer, and thrives when grown in a rich, fast-draining humus mix. It will tolerate temperatures down to 25-30 F for brief periods. Our plants under tree cover survived a drop below 20 F in the freeze of 1990.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Epidendrum 'Purple'.