Ludisia discolor var. nigrescens
Ludisia discolor var. nigrescens is easily one of the most velvety plants we've seen in a while. Ludisia is a type of "Jewel Orchid," a terrestrial orchid grown for its foliage instead of its blooms. This particular variety of Ludisia has dark green leaves (somewhere between chocolate brown and olive green) that shimmer in the light. And with the single stripe down the center of the leaves, it's hard not to stare at these plants for hours!
Ludisia grow from thick subterranean rhizomatous stems, and the actual root system is very small. Because of that, it's important not to let your jewel orchids completely dry out.
• Light: Low to medium indirect light
• Water: Keep growing medium lightly moist at all times
• Considerations: Mist regularly to create a humid environment. Clip flower spikes after blooms fade
WHAT TO EXPECT
You'll get a healthy Ludisia discolor var. nigrescens that meets our rigorous quality standards in a 2" nursery pot. No two plants are alike, and yours will have its own unique shape, size and personality; expect this natural variation from the photos.
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Plant came healthy and looks really nice
It arrived healthy and just as pictured. It is so unique and beautiful. Thanks, Pistils :)
Perfect petit plant for velvet leaf lovers!
This is hands down one of my favorite plants. I love the dark, velvety leaves. I purchased 2 and they were shipped to Washington state with no shipping stress or leaves lost. They also acclimated without any leaves turning brown or crispy. I set these a few feet away from a North facing window (under larger plants for shade) next to a humidifier set to 65, so I have found that for my home I do not need to keep this species of jewel orchid in a terrarium, but you may find different depending on where you live.