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Eulophia graminea

Eulophia graminea
Chinese crown orchid
Eulophia graminea

Common name Chinese crown orchid
Family orchidaceae
Life cycle
Flowers purple/white
Size 18-60"

When I spotted this plant growing in a border alongside my back fence I was excited to find it was a volunteer terrestrial orchid, then disappointed to find out it's considered an invasive species in Florida (which probably means it has the potential to be one here in the Houston area, too), native to (sub)tropical areas of Asia. It's a nice enough little plant, although you have to get up close to appreciate the smallish flowers, featuring a purple-speckled white bottom lip. It reportedly reproduces by offsets from its pseudobulb as well as by seed, which it sets in great quantities and is dispersed by the wind.

This is a weed in our garden

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