It’s Paphiopedilum season in Plantgasm Gardens right now. We’ve had three go into bloom in the last week. I think Paphiopedilum are the perfect orchids for houses because they’re happy in low light and cool temperatures. In nature, they grow on the forest floor.
Paphiopedilum Pisar (delenatii x concolor)
Paphiopedilum don’t bloom that often, but even when they’re out of bloom, the leaves are often really pretty. They also stay small, which is nice.
Paphiopedilum spicerianum (‘Maybrook’ x ‘Jace’)
Paphiopedilum are often called “slipper orchids” because of the shape of the bloom. The lower portion of the flower resembles a slipper. Really it’s for giving insects a place to land when they come to pollinate.
Alma Gavaert ‘Hagers’ x (Oriental Mystique x Enchanted Orient)
I especially like the way the flowers look before they bloom.