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Jewel Orchids

Macodes petola, potplant, Safari-uitstalling by JMK (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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Advanced care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








7 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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A close up of some Jewel Orchid flowers

Jewel Orchids Overview

Jewel Orchids are terrestrial orchids grown more for their foliage over the flowers. The produce creeping rhizomes and exquisitely patterned, often colourful leaves. Jewel Orchids are typically perennial herbaceous plants which can flower every year, producing striking leaves and small, sometimes scented flowers. When you buy any orchid, research what the species' natural environment is like and try to replicate that at home. Some like it warm and wet, some cool and dryer, so a little homework is needed! Some notable genera from this group include Anoectochilus, Dossinia, Macodes, Ludisia and Goodyera. Many of these contain just a few species. Goodyera is the largest, containing around 100 species. You can find out more in-depth care information on their individual plant profiles.

Common problems with Jewel Orchids

Orchids can be harmed by various viruses, often developing patterns of pale green-yellow or brown-black discolourment. Many are incurable and the best course of action is to destroy the affected plants to prevent spread.

How to propagate Jewel Orchids



Requires specialist equipment. Germination of many orchid seeds requires the establishment of a fungal association known as mycorrhiza fungi.


Special features of Jewel Orchids

Attractive leaves

Attracts useful insects

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Attracts birds

Pot plant