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Purple Zygopetalum Flower


Purple Zygopetalum Flower

Zygopetalum


Zygopetalum belongs to the Orchidaceae family and includes 16 species of terrestrial and epiphytic orchids that natively came from South America. Most of the species have long narrow leaves and conspicuous pale green pseudo bulbs. The maroon-mottled green sepals and petals contrasting with the large lip, which is usually white with purple-pink markings or solid purple, pink flowers are the main attraction of this plant. The small hood can have different colors. Interesting tetraploid forms have been created by treating plants with colchicine.


Top Tip

Situate zygopetalums
in a wellventilated
spot with
high humidity to
prevent foliage
from becoming
disfigured under
adverse conditions.

Cultivation


Zygopetalum species and their hybrids prefer minimum temperatures above 55°F (12°C) but can survive during the periods of cool conditions in winter. They require a bright position, out of direct sunlight and should be planted in deep pots with coarse, very free-draining potting mix. The plants have to be kept moist during the year, but fed only during the growing season. Zygopetalum propagate by division.


Name

Flower color

Blooming Season

Flower Fragrance

Plant Height

Plant Width

Hardiness Zone

Frost Tolerance

Zygopetalum Alan Greatwood

Maroon-brown and green

Autumn to winter

Yes

4-16 in
10-40 cm

4-16 in
10-40 cm

9-11

No

Zygopetalum crinitum

Yellow-green with maroon markings

Winter to spring

Yes

8-24 in
20-60 cm

4-16 in
10-40 cm

9-11

No

Zygopetalum intermedium

Green with maroon-purple markings

Autumn to spring

Yes

4-16 in
10-40 cm

4-16 in
10-40 cm

9-11

No

Zygopetalum Kiwi Dust

Green with maroon markings

Autumn to winter

Yes

4-16 in
10-40 cm

4-16 in
10-40 cm

9-11

No

Zygopetalum mackayi

Green with maroon-purple markings

Autumn to winter

Yes

4-16 in
10-40 cm

4-16 in
10-40 cm

9-11

No

Zygopetalum Titanic

Green with maroon markings

Autumn to winter

Yes

4-16 in
10-40 cm

4-16 in
10-40 cm

9-11

No