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A picture of a Poor man's orchid

Poor man's orchid

Schizanthus spp.

Also known as

Butterfly flower

Schizanthus pinnatus by Penarc (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Tender

H1c

RHS hardiness

5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

75cm

Max

45cm

45cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

    Poor man's orchid Overview

    A genus of flowering annual or biennial plants in the nightshade family native mainly to Chile and Argentina with several naturalised in other countries. They are popular as cultivated garden plants due to their showy-orchid-like flowers and finely dissected leaves. Several cultivars have been developed, many with a striking contrasting-coloured ‘eye’ at the centre of the bloom. They are happiest in well-drained soil but can tolerate sun or partial shade.

    Common problems with Poor man's orchid

    How to propagate Poor man's orchid

    Seed

    Seed sown under glass in early spring for summer-autumn flowers and in late summer to provide plants to flower in pots in late winter or spring.

    Other uses of Poor man's orchid

    Can be used for indoor pot plants.

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