Cymbidium suave – Snake orchid

An epiphytic orchid with pendulous, highly fragrant flowers. It can produce hundreds of flowers when well grown. It naturally grows in the hollows of trees in moist temperate to sub-tropical areas. The lack of pseudo-bulbs mean that it dislikes disturbance once established. Best grown in a hollow log in decomposing eucalyptus heartwood.

Scientific Name:Cymbidium suave
Common Name:Snake orchid
Plant Type:Orchid
Height:0.5 ~ 0.8 metres
Flower Colour:Yellow, Green
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Plant Environment:Courtyard, Container growing
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate
Light:Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Open foliage
Soil Moisture:Moist moderate drainage
Special Features:Cut flower
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Other insects

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Once you have found the plant that looks right for you, the next step is where to buy it.
Most nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may not always have the plant that you are searching for in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you if you request it.
Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you have planned on, they can often suggest alternatives that will also work well for you.
Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW


Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – NSW


Native Grace Nursery – Robertson NSW


Wariapendi Nursery – Colo Vale NSW


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Forest Heart eco-Nursery – Maleny Queensland


Natives R Us – Traveston – Queensland 


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia




The Native Shop – mail order


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