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Paphiopedilum argus

Slipper orchid

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Features

  • BloomsApril
  • Height0.2m to 0.3m
  • Spread0.1m to 0.15m
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourPinkish purple white
  • Leaf ColourMottled greens and purple

Description

Paphiopedilum argus (Slipper orchid). A terrestrial, epiphytic or lithophytic orchid from the Philippines. Bears oblong to lance-shaped, mottled greens and purple leaves. Flowers are pinkish- spotted purple and white, decorative flowers.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Orchid, Epiphytic or Lithophytic

Other common names

Orchid

Origin

Philippines.

Interest and use

Grown for their beautiful and unusual flowers.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They grow in partial-shade with moisture and well-drained soil.

Propagation

Can be propagated from older leafless pseudobulbs which can be removed for replanting, or from new growth which may appear from the bottom of the plant.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to red spider mite, aphids and mealy bugs.

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