Seasonal Orchid Care

Some Orchids That Flower In The Winter Months

The names below are derived from the Latin and Greek languages and can, at first, be daunting to pronounce. It's easier if you remember that, with few exceptions all letters are pronounced. You will often hear names pronounced somewhat differently than indicated below as a result of regional differences. There are also pronunciations that are not technically correct but have found their way into common useage. The common pronunciation, stan-HOPE-ee-ah rather than the technically correct stan-HOPE-ah for Stanhopea is an example. This pronunciation has no doubt evolved because of the "pronounce every letter rule" although that would sound more like stan-HOPE-AY-ah.

C= 50F minimum, I = 55F minimum, W = 60-65F minimum

Cattleya percivaliana (KAT-lee-ah purr-sih-VAL-ee-an-ah) and many of its hybrids (I)
Coelogyne cristata (see-loh-GUY-nee KRIS-tah-tah) (C)
Laelia superbiens (LAY-lee-ah sue-PURR-bee-enz) [also known as Schomburgkia superbiens]
Lycaste skinneri (lye-CASS-tee SKIN-er-eye) and many of its hybrids (I)
Trichocentrum cavendishianum (try-koe-SENT-rum cav-en-DISH-ee-an-um) [also long known as Oncidium - Oncidium is pronounced as on-SID-ee-um] (C)
Phaius tankervilleae (FAY-us tan-ker-VILL-eye) [the Nun's Orchid] (I)
Many Phalaenopsis (fail-en-NOP-sis) species and their hybrids (W)
Angraecum eburneum (W)
Angraecum sesquipedale
(an-GRAY-kum sess-kwih-PED-ah-lee) (W)
Brassavola nodosa (bra-SAH-voe-lah NOE-dose-ah) (I)
Early flowering Cymbidium (sim-BID-ee-um) species and hybrids (C)
Dendrobium nobile (den-DRO-bee-um NOE-bee-lee) and its hybrids (C winter)
Epidendrum ciliare (I)
Laelia anceps
(LAY-lee-ah an-SEPS) (I-C)
Many Masdevallia (maz-dee-VAHL-ee-ah) species and hybrids (C-I)
Rhynchostylis gigantea (rink-oh-STY-liss jye-gan-TEE-ah) (W)
Cattleya coccinea (KAT-lee-ah COCK-sinn-ee-ah) (C) and many of the miniature cattleyas developed from this species.

Rhynchostylis gigantea 'Annie', AM/AOS
Grower: Jessie Stanley, League City, Texas

Lycaste skinneri 'Heatherglen', CCM/AOS
Grower: Heather & Glen Alm, Grimsby, Ontario, Canada


Epidendrum ciliare 'Puddle Jumper: FCC/AOS
Grower: Ken & Judy Russ