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Jewel Orchid

Ludisia discolor var. nigrescens

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Full Shade
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size







  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Jewel Orchid Overview

Ludisia discolor var nigrescens is an orchid plant from the Orchidaceae family. This terrestrial orchid does best in partially shaded conditions and when growing in the home, it thrives in a terrarium setting. Its commonly called a Jewel Orchid as its grown more for its attractive foliage over the flowers. This tender species grows best in as much humidity as you can provide and it is very tolerant of low-lighting. Keep out of direct sunlight as this is likely to scorch the leaves. The foliage is the main attraction, leaves are velvety and coloured dark green, with a distinctive silver mid vein on each leaf. Small flowers are borne on tall stems in clusters, they are cream-white with yellow centres and can last up to a month.

How to propagate Jewel Orchid


Easily propagated by dividing plants in spring and also by rooting side shoots in water.

Special features of Jewel Orchid

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Other uses of Jewel Orchid

Grown mainly for foliage but also for flowers. Ornamental.


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