Caladenia flava – Cowslip Orchid

This native orchid stands out for its stunning flowers, large yellow blooms with cream or pink tones and magenta flecks appearing on some petals. A perennial herb which produces small clusters of flowers borne on stems up to 30cm high in Spring, it goes through a dormant period in Summer, storing nutrients in underground tubers for the following years growth. This orchid grows fairly commonly in its wild habitat across Western Australia, and is well suited to container growing in other regions. As a terrestrial orchid it requires a well-drained soil and good air-circulation, and will do best in a protected position with partial shade. The attractive strappy foliage and the unique delicate flowers make it well worth growing as a feature plant for gardens and courtyards, and it’s eye-catching flowers are also very attractive to native bees.

Family:Orchidaceae
Scientific Name:Caladenia flava
Common Name:Cowslip Orchid
Other Common Names:Butter Orchid
Plant Type:Clumping perennial, Orchid
Height:0.05 ~ 0.3 metres
Width:0.1 ~ 0.5 metres
Flower Colour:Cream, Yellow, Red, Pink
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Sandy loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Courtyard, Container growing, Flower garden
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Half shade
Growth Habit:Deciduous
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Needs regular watering
Frost Tolerance:Not frost tolerant
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Wow factor
Special Uses:Cut flower, Honey producing plant
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Other insects

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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