Epidendrum Orchids: White Roots

img_1429Epidendrum orchids are very easy to grow in containers in a shade garden. Click on the photo and you’ll see the beautiful white roots originating from the stems. Also known as aerial roots, these structures help with photosynthesis.

On the lower left are leaves from the Japanese boxwood. The long, sword-like leaves are from cymbidium orchids. On the right are the graceful leaves of the white calla lily. These are some of the inhabitants of my makeshift shade garden!

CONSUMER ALERT UPDATE:  Calla lily has toxic properties.

More information on toxic plants can be found here:

http://www.calpoison.org/hcp/KNOW%20YOUR%20PLANTS-plant%20list%20for%20CPCS%2009B.pdf

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