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Angraecum Orchid, Comet Orchid

Angraecum eburneum

  • Family Name: Orchidaceae, Sub-family: Epidendroideae
  • Origin: Africa to Madagascar
  • A large clumping orchid with lovely drooping stems lined with apple green and white flowers. The starry flowers have long tails which is why its common name is the comet orchid. It is pollinated by hawk moths at night. Firmly mount to a tree or trunk or place in a sturdy wooden basket with coarse bark nuggets. Bright light is recommended protected from midday sun. This orchid does not like to be repotted and their roots disturbed.
  • Epiphyte, Lithophytic, Semi terrestrial
  • Grow rate: Slow
  • Height: 2’ – 4’
  • Width: 20” – 26”
  • Soil Drainage: Well Drained
  • Water and Fertilizer: Crave food April to December. General purpose plant food at 1/4 strength every third watering.
  • Sun Exposure: Partial Sun, Partial Shade. They like high humidity.
  • Bloom Time: Fall, Late Fall, Early Winter through Late Winter
  • USDA hardiness zones: 11 – 12b, can tolerate winter nights to 55°

Angraecum Orchid, Comet Orchid