Friday, August 10, 2007

Peacock Orchids

The peacock orchid, or Acidanthera bicolor, is actually not an orchid at all. It's a close relative of the gladiolus, native to Ethiopia, and it takes a very, very long time to flower. I planted these in early May, and the first few have finally started to bloom!

Plant them under a window, so that their sweet fragrance wafts through when the wind blows.

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