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Jewel Orchid

Ludisia discolor

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Also known as

Haemaria discolor

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Full Shade
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size







  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A Ludisia discolor plant with green red brown leaves on a wooden table
Ludisia discolor (= Haemaria discolor)
A close up of a white yellow Ludisia discolor flower on a plant in front of a black background
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Ludisia discolor var nigrescens


Ludisia discolor var nigrescens


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Jewel Orchid Overview

Ludisia discolor is 1 of just 2 species in the genus Ludisia, it resides in the Orchidaceae family. This terrestrial orchid species is found in the wild on forest floors, so it does best in partially shaded conditions and when growing in the home, it thrives in a terrarium setting. Its commonly called a Jewel Orchid as its grown more for its attractive foliage over the flowers. This tender species grows best in as much humidity as you can provide and it is very tolerant of low-lighting. Keep out of direct sunlight as this is likely to scorch the leaves. The foliage is the main attraction, leaves are velvety and coloured dark purple-red to brown or green, they also possess striking, silver, parallel veins across the leaves. Small flowers are borne on tall stems in clusters, they are cream-white with yellow centres and can last up to a month. This plant was previously called Haemaria discolor, from 'haima'; the Greek word for blood which refers to the colour of the leaves.

How to propagate Jewel Orchid


Easily propagated by dividing plants in spring and also by rooting side shoots in water.

Special features of Jewel Orchid

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Other uses of Jewel Orchid

Grown mainly for foliage but also for flowers. Ornamental.