Psychopsis papilio

Butterfly Orchid

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Description

These exotically shaped yellow flowers with bars and spots of orange are a classic example of insect mimicry used to achieve pollination. The very thin upper petals are very distinctive, as are the long, flowering spikes. This butterfly orchid is native from the Caribbean islands to northern South America.

Grow this orchid in bright light, high humidity, and exceptionally well-drained growing media for best results; it needs consistently warm temperatures.

Soil
Moist
Plant Shape
Upright
Exposure
Full Sun
Bloom Time
January - February, March - April
Bloom Color
Orange, Yellow
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Butterflies
Plant Type
EPIP
Hardiness Zone
10 - 12