Dendrobium speciosum – Rock Orchid

Dendrobium speciosum, or rock lily, is a popular and easy to grow Australain native orchid. It bears showy racemes of cream flowers sometimes with purple spotted throats in spring. It naturally grows as a lithophyte, growing on rocks, or sometimes as an epiphyte, growing on the trunk or branches of trees. It is not well adapted to growing well in normal soil, so should be grown in a position that is similar to the natural conditions. It can be grown in a pot with a good orchid mix and can also be attached to logs.


Family : Orchidaceae
Cultivar Name:
Plant Type : Orchid, Bulb or bulb-like
Width : 1
Flowering Time : Spring
Soil Type :
Climate Zone : Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Spreading
Soil Moisture : Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Special Uses : Cut flower
Scientific Name: Dendrobium speciosum
Common Name : Rock Orchid
Height : 0.6
Flower Color : White, Cream
pH Level : Acid, Neutral
Plant Environment : Courtyard, Container growing, Flower garden
Light : Light shade, Half shade
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
Attracts Wildlife : Bees