Welcome to another Sobralia Day. Every few weeks you can walk into the Orchid Center and find lots of sobralias covered with flowers. Some horticulturists claim that a cold snap will trigger a mass flowering. Nah. I'm sure sobralias arrange these events in advance, telepathically. The flowers of most Sobralia species last just one day.
On mylist of Top TenSobralias, Sobralia callosa ranks high in the top two. It is tiny, a highly prized quality in a group of orchids that mostly aspire to be Hydrangeas -- oversized and floppy, spilling over into their neighbor's space. A mature Sobralia callosa spans 1 ft. from tip to tip. I wish we had a hundred of them.
unidentified white Sobralia
Our unidentified (very tricky, those white Sobralias) Sobralia is more typical --a 6' adolescent.
Sobralias are native to Central and South America, where you can sometimes see them in flower, growing on steep road cuts in full sun.
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.