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|
|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|
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