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Another slipper orchid, but this one has been edited by using a dry-brush effect which makes it more painterly. The original image wasn’t sharp enough for my liking, but I love the colours and shape. This one is Paphiopedilum ‘The Earl’
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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.