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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
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