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Phaius tankervilleae - Plant

Phaius tankervilleae - Plant

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Discover the enchanting beauty of Vermi Organics' Phaius tankervilleae Plant, a botanical marvel that graces gardens with its resplendent blooms and lush foliage. Commonly known as the Nun's Orchid, this terrestrial orchid variety boasts exquisite flowers that resemble hooded nuns, creating a spectacle of natural elegance. With its striking presence and easy-care nature, the Phaius tankervilleae stands as a testament to the allure of orchids, making it a must-have for garden enthusiasts seeking a touch of sophistication in their outdoor spaces.


Phaius tankervilleae Plant, named in honor of Lady Emma Tankerville, is a terrestrial orchid species belonging to the Orchidaceae family. Native to Southeast Asia, this orchid variety has adapted to a terrestrial lifestyle, thriving in moist, tropical environments. Revered for its tall flower spikes, robust foliage, and unique hooded blooms, the Nun's Orchid has become a favorite among gardeners and orchid enthusiasts alike. Its resilience and stunning appearance make it a captivating addition to gardens, landscapes, and even indoor spaces with proper care.


  1. Aesthetic Appeal: The Phaius tankervilleae Plant enhances the visual appeal of gardens with its tall flower spikes and distinctive hooded flowers, creating a focal point of elegance.

  2. Low Maintenance: Phaius tankervilleae is known for its easy-care nature, making it a suitable choice for both experienced gardeners and beginners.

  3. Long-Lasting Blooms: The flowers of the Nun's Orchid are long-lasting, providing a continuous display of beauty in the garden.

Type of Plant:

Phaius tankervilleae is primarily cultivated as an outdoor plant. Its terrestrial nature makes it well-suited for garden beds, borders, and landscape plantings. While it can adapt to both shaded and partially sunny conditions, providing the right environment is crucial for its optimal growth and flowering.


Caring for the Nun's Orchid involves providing the right conditions to mimic its native habitat:

  • Light: Plant the Nun's Orchid in a location with filtered sunlight or partial shade. Protect it from harsh afternoon sun, especially in warmer climates.

  • Soil: Use a well-draining, rich, and slightly acidic soil mix. The Nun's Orchid thrives in a soil blend that retains moisture without becoming waterlogged.

  • Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy. Water when the top inch of the soil feels dry. Adjust watering frequency based on climate and weather conditions.

  • Temperature: The Nun's Orchid prefers warm temperatures and can tolerate a range from 65°F to 85°F (18°C to 29°C). Protect it from frost and cold temperatures.

  • Humidity: Maintain moderate to high humidity levels, especially during dry periods. Mulching around the base of the plant helps retain moisture.

  • Fertilization: Feed the Nun's Orchid with a balanced orchid fertilizer during the growing season. Follow the recommended dosage on the fertilizer package.

Common Names:

The Nun's Orchid is commonly known by its scientific name, Phaius tankervilleae. In addition, it may be referred to as the Nun Orchid or Nun's Hood Orchid due to the distinctive shape of its flowers.


  • Scientific Name: Phaius tankervilleae
  • Family: Orchidaceae
  • Origin: Southeast Asia
  • Type: Terrestrial orchid
  • Height: Up to 3 feet (90 cm) or more
  • Flowers: Hooded blooms arranged in tall spikes
  • Light Requirements: Filtered sunlight to partial shade
  • Soil: Well-draining, rich, slightly acidic
  • Watering: Keep soil consistently moist
  • Temperature: 65°F to 85°F (18°C to 29°C)

Special Features:

  • Distinctive Blooms: The hooded flowers of the Nun's Orchid resemble the attire of nuns, adding a unique and memorable quality to the plant.

  • Tall Flower Spikes: Phaius tankervilleae produces tall and robust flower spikes, creating an impressive vertical element in the garden.

  • Adaptable Nature: This orchid variety can adapt to different light conditions, making it versatile for various garden settings.


  1. Garden Borders: Plant the Nun's Orchid along garden borders or in mixed perennial beds to add height and elegance.

  2. Landscape Plantings: Use Phaius tankervilleae in landscape plantings to create a tropical and visually appealing garden.

  3. Container Gardening: While primarily an outdoor plant, the Nun's Orchid can be grown in large containers on patios or balconies in suitable climates.

  4. Orchid Collections: Enthusiasts with orchid collections can cultivate Phaius tankervilleae to diversify their assortment with a unique terrestrial species.

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