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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 (labeled only as "Doritis"), online information pegs it squarely as a tropical for frost-free climates. I set ours in a relatively protected area, and didn't do anything out of the ordinary for it through winter, just wondering if it would live. The results: its leaves were damaged by a light freeze a week or two after we planted it, and the whole thing turned to mush after a somewhat harder freeze. I assumed it was a goner, even though the winter was quite mild overall, but saw regrowth in mid-June. So perhaps we'll have flowers again after all.

Phalaenopsis pulcherrima
Effects of a light freeze
Phalaenopsis pulcherrima
Returning in June

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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