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Pecteilis radiata (White egret flower)

Intermediate
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.5m
Max height
0.2m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Pecteilis radiata

Other names

White egret flower, Fringed orchid, Sagiso, Habenaria radiata, Crane orchid, Peacock orchid, Habenaria dianthoides, Pecteilis dianthoides, Plantaginorchis dianthoides, Hemihabenaria radiata

Genus

Pecteilis Pecteilis

Species

P. radiata - P. radiata is a tuberous, terrestrial orchid with upright, linear to narrowly lance-shaped, mid-green leaves and, in summer, erect stems bearing white flowers with two large, fringed petals.


Pecteilis radiata is: Deciduous

Habit

Erect flower stem, Upright

Flower

White, Pink in Spring; Pink, White in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Propagation

Divide tubers after foliage has died down. Bulbils will germinate easily in moist, acid soil with added live sphagnum moss.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Pecteilis radiata (White egret flower) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.2m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Conservatory, Containers, Greenhouse, Indoor, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Grow in terrestrial orchid compost in bright filtered light. Repot in spring. In growth, water freely and feed every third watering. Keep just moist in winter.

Soil type

Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Acid

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Pecteilis radiata

Other names

White egret flower, Fringed orchid, Sagiso, Habenaria radiata, Crane orchid, Peacock orchid, Habenaria dianthoides, Pecteilis dianthoides, Plantaginorchis dianthoides, Hemihabenaria radiata

Genus

Pecteilis Pecteilis

Species

P. radiata - P. radiata is a tuberous, terrestrial orchid with upright, linear to narrowly lance-shaped, mid-green leaves and, in summer, erect stems bearing white flowers with two large, fringed petals.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Erect flower stem, Upright


Colour

Flower

White, Pink in Spring; Pink, White in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer

General care

Propagation

Divide tubers after foliage has died down. Bulbils will germinate easily in moist, acid soil with added live sphagnum moss.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Pecteilis radiata (White egret flower) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.2m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Conservatory, Containers, Greenhouse, Indoor, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Grow in terrestrial orchid compost in bright filtered light. Repot in spring. In growth, water freely and feed every third watering. Keep just moist in winter.

Soil type

Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Acid

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Pecteilis radiata (White egret flower)

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Orchidophilus spp.

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

A pest of orchids spreading in trade. Currently absent from the UK and unlikely to establish outdoors. Could cause severe damage to hosts growing in protected cultivation.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Pecteilis radiata (White egret flower)

Common pest name

common blossom thrips; cotton bud thrips; tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Frankliniella schultzei

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous glasshouse pest; present in many countries; single finding in UK.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Pecteilis radiata (White egret flower)

Common pest name

Rice leaf nematode; Strawberry crimp disease nematode; White tip nematode; White tip nematode of rice

Scientific pest name

Aphelenchoides besseyi

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Damaging nematode affecting rice crops and strawberry production in warmer climates; could potentially present a threat to strawberry production and ornamental production in protected environments. But modern production practices seem to reduce likelihood of impacts. Pest is also regulated at EU level; which reduces likelihood of entry.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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