Laelia rubescens flowering in the Fuqua Orchid Center
Laelia rubescens is a lovely orchid native to seasonally dry forests in Mexico and Central America. Our plants grow happily alongside Laelia purpurata and Laelia anceps in our warm greenhouse. Many of the Mexican laelias from dry upland (1600 m+) oak forests do poorly for us on account of our hot night temperatures in spring and summer. Fortunately Laelia rubescens ranges a bit lower--sea level to 1600 m. It doesn't mind the heat at all.
The Fuqua Orchid Center showcases the Atlanta Botanical Garden's large and diverse collection of orchids. Orchids are exhibited year round in the 16,000 sq. ft. display space, consisting of landscaped areas and seasonal displays. Our spring orchid extravaganza, ORCHIDdaze, runs for ten weeks in Feb, March and April.