Flower of San Sebastian Orchid

Guarianthe skinneri (formerly Cattleya skinneri)

  • ​Common name: Skinner’s Cattleya.  When grown in Guatemala, it is known as Candelaria flower or San Sebastian flower
  • Scientific name: Guarianthe skinneri (formerly Cattleya skinneri)
  • Family: Orchidaceae
  • Origin: Central American, Mexico
  • Height:  12” – 18”
  • Width:  mid sized bifoliate epiphyte.  Flowers 3 ½ “ on 5 ½” long, erect stems with 4 – 15 incandescence
  • Growth: requires warm to intermediate temperature  conditions
  • Zone:  11 above 40 F
  • Light Needs: full sun.  Warm to cool growing specie
  • Salt tolerance:
  • Soil/PH/ Texture: pH 6.1 – 6.5
  • Soil Moisture: average needs.  Do not overwater. Found in humid forests
  • Drought Tolerance:
  • Pest/Disease:
  • Growing Conditions: grows naturally on forest tree trunks and branches or terrestrial-lithophyte on granite cliff banks
  • Propagation:  divide rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs and offsets.  Likes to be mounted on wood.  Blooms from brown or green sheaths formed the summer before.
  • Interesting Facts:  The Flower of San Sebastian orchid is the national flower of Costa Rica, so named in a contest by Garden Club and Rotary Club participants.  It comes in many colors in addition to the typical orchid-lavender.  The appearance of the flowers in March makes this flower used for altar decorations during Lent and Holy Week celebrations.
  • ​Designer Options: Designer Considerations: use in containers inside or on your patio or deck. They can also be planted on trees, bark, or wood.

Flower of San Sebastian Orchid

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