The California stream orchid (Epipactis gigantea) grows in permanently wet soil and so it makes a beautiful and well behaved addition to any bog. It blooms in the early Spring and goes dormant in the Winter. It will slowly form clumps when happy. These are plants are divisions and are blooming size.
They do start to die back early in the late summer/early fall in many areas and if you order in winter they will arrive dormant but will soon grow!
Sun: Full sun outdoors
Water: Always sitting in at least two inches of distilled or purified water, they prefer deep saucers of water or undrained containers in order to recreate their very water logged conditions
Temperature: 15 degrees - 100 degrees, needs protection from colder winters and always keep very wet when hot
Dormancy: All Epipactis have a winter dormancy starting in October and ending in February. Many of the stems will turn brown and die back during this time. Leave them outdoors in full sun, sitting in distilled water during this period. If you live in an area that snows; over winter them indoors on a sunny windowsill in an unheated room or garage. Still sitting in full sun and distilled water.
Soil: Plant comes potted in a custom mix of four parts peat moss to one part perlite.