When it comes to the all-time record holders for blooming orchids, look no further than the Epidendrum family. The 3 varieties pictured here share the admirable distinction of staying in bloom all year in our garden. The red ones have been blooming continuously for over 6 years, persisting even in our cool, gray winters. They were growing wild in the backyard of a student of mine in San Francisco’s Twin Peaks neighborhood, and she gave me some cuttings. Much to my delight, they have proven virtually indestructible. The orange and purple varieties are later additions.

Red Epidendrum flowerOrange Epidendrum flowersPurple Epidendrum flowers

These Epidendrums have tall, reed-like stems and stiff leaves that have survived strong winds, rains, heat waves, and even hailstorms. Their durability extends to their ability to grow in a variety of potting media, and they can thrive in regular soil. They’re a favorite lunch stop for hummingbirds and butterflies, too.

Orange Epidendrum flowersRed Epidendrum flowersPurple Epidendrum flowers

Not all varieties of Epidendrum can handle full sun or chilly temperatures, so if you want to find permanent bloomers for your own neck of the woods, it may take some research and experimentation. Since all 3 of these color varieties came to me as cuttings without name tags, I’m left to marvel at their tenacity, but cannot give them due credit. I believe the red variety is Epidendrum radicans, but no matter where they live in the Epidendrum family tree, they’ll always have a home in our garden.

Red Epidendrum flowersRed Epidendrum flowers

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7 Comments on “Epidendrum”

  1. Alex Says:

    Thats incredible! There blooming for over six years!! You have a really green thumb.

  2. Russ Says:

    Thanks for the beautiful photographs. I love the intense colors.

  3. nancy Says:

    I think the purpleis my favorite, but there all beautiful. My Epidendrums never look like that. I’m jealous.

  4. Joy Blake Says:

    You have orchids in bloom all the time!!! Can I live at your house 😉 ?

  5. GreenThumbGuy Says:

    Nice blue sky

  6. Rita Davis Says:

    Flowers color is really good. They look like different color copies of each other.

  7. Hanley Says:

    Those look like great bloomers what pretty flowers they all have.