Cattleya maxima – 365 days of orchids – day 1001

One perfect subject for the film team down at the Aardman Studios is Cattleya maxima with its flamboyant, large, pink flowers.

Cattleya maxima is one of the real stars of autumn in the school greenhouse and is native to South America from Venezuela down to Peru. It grows in forests from sea level up to 1500m making it an accommodating and straight forward species to grow. We find in enjoys baskets hung high in Warm Americas and keep it watered throughout the year.

We have this free flowering pink clone as well as the blue grey coerulea variety. We look forward to seeing it feature in the new wildlife film and of course this plant is already a star as the local council chose it to to put on the road sign welcoming drivers to the village of Writhlington – a tropical twist to the North Somerset Coalfield. The village of Writhlington is also famous for its coal mine – the last to close in Somerset – and the coal tip which has provided remarkable fossils of giant dragonflies.



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