Saturday, September 15, 2012

Peacock Orchid

One of the nicest things about being a garden writer is the samples I receive.  In the spring a package of bulbs arrived in the mail and as soon as I saw the flowers were white, they were put into the moon garden.  I did a little research on them and found common names such as 'Sword Lily', 'Peacock Orchid' (from the UK) and 'Gladiolus Callianthus'.  The latin name is Acidanthera murielae and this bulb flowers from late summer into fall.  It has a sweet fragrance that I'm sure attracts many pollinators during the day and at night.
It is a tender plant, meaning I have to dig up the bulbs in the fall to store inside over winter or treat as an annual.


  1. Isn't it lovely! So what will you do? I imagine that you'll dig them up and store them over the winter.

  2. It's lovely. I had them once and they were suppose to be hardy here but didn't come back, but they were so delicate and pretty.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  3. What a lovely surprise! I do love mail call! :D :D :D

  4. Looks like a lovely plant. I like it's dark center.

  5. Hi Judith: That is a magnificent speciman. So pretty..Happy Saturday..Judy

  6. Hi Judith,
    Lovely, I like the Peacock Orchid name best, exotic!
    Hope your having a great weekend:-)

  7. I have these for the first time this year too. I like the fact that no matter when I plant them here, they bloom about 22 weeks later.

  8. Mine have been spectacular in the garden. Valerie

  9. Hi Judith...Is this the same as a moon flower? Very lovely! susan

  10. Hi Judith, I'm not very familiar with this plant but it looks like a lovely addition to your white garden. I'm afraid I'm not very successful at digging up bulbs or corms, witness the dahlias that have perished in the garden. :)

    Have a lovely new week!

  11. Your peacock orchid is lovely! I believe I first saw this flower on Darla's blog - she lives in Florida - so I wrote it off as something I could not grow. Looks like I could, though. I'm making a list of things I want to plant next year, as well as bulb, tubers, etc that I need to dig this fall. Fall has come quickly upon us. One day it's hot, hot, hot and the next the temp has dropped 20 to 30 degrees.

  12. I have not heard of the Peacock Orchid, but I love the name because she certainly appears to be strutting her stuff!


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