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Pink Grapette Ground Orchid ~
Grapette Ground Orchid ~
The long, pleated green leaves of ground orchids (Spathoglottis spp.) look more like a clump of grass than a tropical orchid. The hybrid cultivar Grapette produces short flower talks topped with clusters of miniature violet-pink blossoms that smell like powdered grape juice crystals. The scent doesn't heavily perfume the air, but nestling your nose into the flowers and breathing in helps you understand why this plant was named Grapette. This small-sized ground orchid prospers in a full-sun to dappled light-shade location.
Grapette is a hybrid ground orchid, developed from species native to the warm, humid tropics from Southeast Asia and northern Australia. It grows well in containers or in the ground where temperatures never drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, correlating to U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 11 and warmer. From spring to fall, a warm room or outdoor setting with daytime highs around 75 to 80 degrees and nighttime lows 10 to 15 degrees cooler help keep the leaves looking nice and flowering to continue beyond spring and summer.