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 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.