Cremastra appendiculata (Appendiculate Orchid)
Zone: 6a to 9b,
Height: 12" tall
Culture: Light Shade to Shade
Origin: China, Japan, Taiwan
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)
The Asian terrestrial orchid, Cremastra appendiculata has proved to be easy to grow as long as you give it humus-rich, moist, but well-drained organic soils. In appearance, it's like a giant version of our native cranefly orchid (Tipularia discolor). The 1' long x 2" wide green leaves emerge in the fall and remain until April when they begin to go dormant as the flower spikes appear. The 1' tall flower spikes are topped in late April/early May (NC) with small, mauvy-lavender, pendent tubular flowers...very cute, but certainly not what I'd call showy. To quote Abe Lincoln, "People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like."