Bletia purpurea

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Plant Specifics

Size:1-2 (5 in flower) ft tall by 1 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Pink,purple
Fruit Color:Green
Phenology:Winter dormant Blooms in spring.
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Retain if present in natural setting. Can be grown in a wildflower garden.
Propagation:Division, seed. Please acquire from orchid growers who are propagating it. This species is Threatened in Florida and is protected in the wild.
Availability:Seed, Specialty providers
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Organic material (muck), Lime rock
Soil pH:



The flowers do not produce nectar but use food deception to attract various bees including Euglossa, Thygater and Melipona, a genus of stingless bees. In Florida, some plants do not have a rostellum and may be self-pollinating.

Native Habitats:Pine rocklands, swampy forests on stumps and logs just above high water levels, in humus.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures