Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Photo by B. Yinger taken at B. Yinger Gdn, PA
Calanthe 'Kozu Spice'
Kozu Spice Hardy Calanthe Orchid
Item #: 650
Zones: 7a to 9b, possibly colder
Height: 10" tall
Originally hybridized for Japanese flower shows, Calanthe 'Kozu Spice' is an amazing garden-worthy seed strain of hardy terrestrial orchids (Calanthe discolor x Calanthe izu-insularis). Calanthe 'Kozu Spice' forms a slowly-spreading mass of ground-hugging, large pleated green foliage, topped, starting in mid-April (NC) with 10" tall flower spikes. The clove-scented flowers come in bicolor combinations of white and red, yellow and red, pink and red, etc...each plant is different. During winters that remain above 10 degrees F, the foliage remains evergreen. It's been over a decade (2011), since we've had any of these to share.