Answer to the Front Page "Picture of the Week" Question for June 5th - June 12th, 2003
This is bletilla orchid, Bletilla striata.
It is the easiest orchid to grow in the garden.
Unlike most tropical orchids that grow on tree branches, it grows in soil
and is an herbaceous perennial that dies to the ground each autumn. It prefers
light shade and moist, organic soil. You can find bletilla orchids in the Asian Collections.
[Click on the picture to see a larger image of this plant].