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Disa uniflora

Orchid

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Features

  • BloomsJuly
  • Height0.3m to 0.65m
  • Spread0.1m to 0.25m
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourDark red veined gold

Description

Disa uniflora (Orchid). A terrestrial orchid species occurring naturally in the Cape Province of South Africa where it grows along stream banks and in seepages at low altitudes. The stem is robust and leafy. The inflorescence has 1-4 large, long-lasting flowers about 10cm across; the flowers are dark red veined gold in summer and autumn.

Characteristics

Deciduous or Evergreen, Orchid

Origin

Capes of South Africa

Interest and use

Grown for their beautiful and unusual flowers.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Sandy, Peaty
  • Soil pH4.5 to 6.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Except in mild areas, orchids are best grown in pots and kept in greenhouses during cold weather and winter.

Propagation

Propagate by division.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch for thrips.

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