Flower Portrait: Cattleya Portia

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C. Portia ‘Coerulea’ is an epiphytic, evergreen orchid from Central and South America. Tall, pseudo-bulb with stalks that grow erectly with one or two long, leathery, ovate, green leaves and 4 inches wide blue-lilac flowers.

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Paphiopedilum (slipper orchid) have lovely flowers and the leaves of some are beautifully mottled. They are not too difficult to grow as houseplants, and are more unusual than the Phalaenopsis and Cymbidium commonly sold in garden centres. Slipper orchids generally flower from November to March, but flowers can appear at any time of the year. Flowers last up to three months, and may need support with a stake.