What's blooming at Baltimore's Rawlings Conservatory?
Phaius are a genus of large, showy orchids that inhabit the tropical regions of China, Japan, Indonesia and Australia. They have gained popularity because of their impressive 3 to 4 foot stalks that are covered with clusters of showy blossoms.
This variety, Phaius Tankervillia, commonly known as the “Nun’s Orchid” because of its hooded flower, has brilliant flowers of creamy white and rusty red with a purple lip. Large dark green leaves compliment the blooms.
Most Phaius are terrestrial, meaning they grow in soil, unlike most other orchids. They are fairly easy to grow and like good air circulation, bright light and warm temperatures.
Photo credit: Michael Lemmon