Ansellia africana


I received a plant of Ansellia africana as a gift. How should I care for it? Maria Deaven

Ansellia africana 'Krull-Smith' AM/AOS. photo © 2006 Greg Allikas


Ansellia africana is a variable species with a broad distribution in tropical Africa. Two-inch flowers are borne on branched inflorescences in winter and spring, though large plants may bloom throughout the year. Plants can get quite large under good conditions. The blooms are usually basically yellow and are barred in differing degrees, with some nearly entirely dark brownish black. Most have a musky fragrance. Culture is as for cattleyas, with high light and intermediate temperatures (60º F night and 80º F day). Allow it to dry between waterings. Many hobbyists grow this plant in baskets, though it will do well in trees in frost-free areas. Ned Nash