Hi ya'l, .... here's our super rare dove flower .....(Habenaria radiata) The White Dove/Egret Flower.. also sometimes referred to as the Fringed Orchid or Sagiso....One of Japan’s most famous orchids is the delicate terrestrial species, the egret flower, Habenaria radiata. This plant’s flower indeed looks much like a snowy egret with its display plumage puffed out.....The Flower is an absolutely gorgeous species of terrestrial orchid native to China, Japan, Korea and Russia. Its natural habitat includes grassy wetlands and seepage slopes in moderate to high mountains. The lateral lobes of the lip give it the distinctive “egret flower” shape, while the petals, also pure white and lightly toothed, splay upwards, looking much like wings, and giving the flower an almost angelic appeal up close.....
...Fun Facts:..Each spike will usually produce 2 or 3 flowers but sometimes it can be as many 8 ..... whole the flower looks remarkably like a white dove/egret in full flight! .......They love to stay wet..... Bloom Time: Summer. These plants grow best in full sun to partial shade in sandy well drained soil .... This rare orchid has recently gained recognition around the world for its beauty, but ironically this species is now considered endangered in the wild for the most part the loss has been due to habitat destruction.....
Flying Egret Orchid is a elegant plant of pure white flowers with fringed petals resemble a dove in flight. Suitable for containers inside or out........A Orchid native to Asia, Habenaria radiata produces exquisite white flowers on flower spikes. The plants produce strap-like, dark green leaves. They are slow to emerge in spring.
Light/Watering: Grow in full sun to partial shade. If there is insufficient rainfall, water to keep plants evenly moist, but not wet.
Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Habenaria grows best in well-drained, slightly acid soil rich in humus. Fertilize lightly with 10-20% of the recommended dosage of an all-purpose plant food once or twice as the flower shoots emerge.
Continuing Care: Mulch during the winter and remove the mulch in spring to allow for the plants to emerge. Where Habenaria is not winter hardy (Zone 5 and colder), it can be grown in containers and brought indoors to a cold area for dormancy. In warmer climates, grow White Egret Flower in pots and give your plant three months of cold (30-35¡F or below) over the winter before putting back outside......This species is in rapid decline over its entire range. Over collection may have been one contributing factor in the past, but for the most part the loss has been due to habitat destruction. In preagricultural times these plants grew in lowland bogs and marshes in the very same areas where rice patties were to be situated later on. Rice cultivation increased, then was followed by urbanization, and in lowland areas this species became more and more rare in the wild.........The tricks to keeping these guys happy are: renew the growing medium each season, grow them in a sunny location, use plenty of chlorine free water while in growth, fertilize carefully at the beginning of the growth cycle, and provide a cool, dry winter rest. Follow these basic instructions and you will be rewarded with lovely egret flowers each summer. You may also be amazed at how many new plants grow each season.
Rare in the wild, yet easy to grow, this lovely species is a true gem of the far east. Anyone who is in for a bit of a challenge and is capable of say baking a cake from scratch ought to give this one a try. You won’t be disappointed.
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