What's blooming at Baltimore's Rawlings Conservatory?
Photo by Michael Lemmon
Lycastes are a genus of orchids named after the beautiful daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy.
They are easy to grow and produce large triangular shaped flowers in many different colors. Most are fragrant and long lasting, making them a favorite among orchid growers.
This Mexican beauty, the Lycaste Consobrina, has a strong cinnamon scent. Lycastes prefer warmer temperatures in the spring and summer months with cooler conditions in the winter when they will require a little more light. They like a well-draining medium, a moderate level of humidity and good air circulation.