Bletilla x yokohama 'Sweet Lips' (Sweet Lips Yokohama Hardy Ground Orchid)
Zone: 7a to 9b,at least
Height: 24" tall
Culture: Part Sun
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)
Bletilla x yokohama, a seed hybrid group first produced by N. Suzuki in 1956, is a hybrid between the Chinese native Bletilla striata and the Taiwanese native Bletilla formosana. We offered this hardy orchid in 2011 as a cultivar, but then discovered others had made named, unique selections of this same cross, so we gave our clonally propagated offering a new cultivar name. Bletilla x yokohama 'Sweet Lips' produces foliage similar to Bletilla striata, topped in spring with 2' stalks that end in a cluster of 5-6 nearly white flowers highlighted with a darker purple lip.