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Phalaenopsis pulcherrima

 
Phalaenopsis pulcherrima
Fleshy, subtly purple-speckled leaves
Phalaenopsis pulcherrima
Synonym(s) Doritis pulcherrima
Family orchidaceae
Life cycle
Flowers pink
Light bright shade

Although I was assured that this terrestrial orchid was hardy in Houston when I purchased it, online information pegs it squarely as a tropical for frost-free climates. I set ours in a relatively protected area, and don't plan to do anything out of the ordinary for it through winter – we'll see if it lives. Thus far, its leaves were damaged by a light freeze a week or two after we planted it.

Phalaenopsis pulcherrima
Effects of a light freeze

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: foundation border

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