Vanilla planifolia var. variegata

Variegated Vanilla

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Description

This vine grows to a height of more than 40 feet, with full shade and moist soil conditions. From March to June, it has salmon and green blooms. It is one of the primary sources for vanilla flavoring.

The orchid family consists of a large number of genera, each with its own unique characteristics. A common characteristic, however, is the basic form of the flower, which consists of three petals surrounded by three sepals—often in dramatic and contrasting colors and in a variety of shapes and sizes. Although some orchids are native to temperate zones, most orchids tend to prefer a semitropical or tropical environment (USDA Zones 9-11) and have epiphytic roots—meaning they derive moisture and nutrients from the air and support from another plant; few orchids grow in soil. Orchids usually prefer a diurnal temperature fluctuation—meaning warmer days and cooler nights—though the absolute temperature range (cool, intermediate, or warm) varies by genus and is consistent with their natural habitat. While requiring adequate sunlight for a stunning bloom display, most orchids will not tolerate sustained direct sun.

Many varieties have pseudobulbs, a portion of the stem between leaf nodes that stores water to help sustain the plant through dry periods. Other varieties are monopodial, meaning upward growth is from a single growing point.

There is an exception to almost every general statement one can make about orchids. The family continues to challenge taxonomists.

Soil
Moist
Plant Shape
Creeping
Exposure
Full Shade
Bloom Time
March - April, May - June
Bloom Color
Salmon, Green
Plant Type
Vine
Hardiness Zone
10 - 11