There are a number of white-edged leaf forms of the hardy orchid Bletilla striata, some without valid names. Our form, Bletilla 'First Kiss', has the same deeply-veined, long green leaves that emerge from a central stem in late March. In late April (NC) the 2' tall stems are topped with small, white, orchid-like flowers with a flush of purple on the lip. Bletilla 'First Kiss' is a vigorous grower that will quickly make a colony when grown in rich, moist soil. In the South, a bit of midday shade is helpful, while full sun farther north produces a better floral show.
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