- Overview. "Without a doubt, among the easiest and most prolific orchids to grow. Reed-stem types are excellent outdoor garden plants in south Florida and may be grown as attractive pot plants elsewhere." (UF) It is cold sensitive, so growing it in containers is advisable in Central Florida. Blooms Spring to Fall. Whereas the leaves of the Spathoglottis, the leaves of the Epidendrum stay green for longer periods during the Winter. Prefers sun to partial shade.
- Orange Ground or Reed-stem Orchid (epidendrum ibaguense) "Arching branches up to 18 inches, with flower spikes another 18 inches, end in a dense head of 1 1/4 -inch reddish-yellow to purple flowers with a yellow lip. There can be up to 50 flowers on a stem, with 20 open at a time. The species has an especially attractive growth habit and grows quickly, filling containers rapidly. It takes full sun to partial sun in hot climates, and can tolerate temperatures down to freezing, but not below." (sdorchids.com)
- Crucifix Orchid, Rainbow Orchid (epidendrum radicans) Hardy Zones 8b - 10b. This orchid "possesses a low-lying, freely branching growth habit, producing roots along the length of the stem. Stems range from 4 inches to 2 feet in length, producing upright terminal 6- to 15-inch-tall spikes with up to 10 vivid, reddish-orange, 1-inch flowers that are open at any one time. The flowers open in succession over several months, with up to 40 flowers per inflorescence. It does well in full sun to partial shade. This species is tolerant of temperatures down to freezing."(sdorchids.com) Best grown where you can provide support for stems such as against a fence.
- Angel Orchid, Hyndy Kuayna (epidendrum secundum) Orchid "has an upright, clumping growth habit with roots emerging from the base of the stems, at or below soil level. It readily forms keikis on old flower spikes. The leafy stems range from 1 to 30 inches, producing a ball of 30 to 40 brilliantly colored 1-inch flowers on 18 inch terminal spikes. Colors range from white to yellow, pink, orange and purple, and all shades in between. A well-grown plant produces abundant spikes throughout the year. It benefits from fertilizer, and thrives when grown in full sun, in a rich, fast-draining humus mix. It will tolerate temperatures down to freezing for brief periods, but not below." (sdorchids.com) Hardy Zones 10b - 11