Dendrobium speciosum – Rock Orchid

Dendrobium speciosum, or rock lily, is a popular and easy to grow Australain native orchid. It bears showy racemes of cream flowers sometimes with purple spotted throats in spring. It naturally grows as a lithophyte, growing on rocks, or sometimes as an epiphyte, growing on the trunk or branches of trees. It is not well adapted to growing well in normal soil, so should be grown in a position that is similar to the natural conditions. It can be grown in a pot with a good orchid mix and can also be attached to logs.


Scientific Name:Dendrobium speciosum
Common Name:Rock Orchid
Other Common Names:Rock Lily
Plant Type:Orchid, Bulb or bulb-like
Height:0.5 ~ 0.6 metres
Width:0.4 ~ 1 metre
Flower Colour:White, Cream
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Plant Environment:Courtyard, Container growing, Flower garden
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate
Light:Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Bulb, Division
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Wow factor
Special Uses:Cut flower
Attracts Wildlife:Bees



Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants