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Growing Schizanthus – Caring For Poor Man’s Orchid Plants

What is poor man’s orchid? Otherwise known as Schizanthus pinnatus, this colorful cool-weather flower grows blooms that look amazingly like that of the orchid plant. Orchids have gotten a reputation for being picky flowers to grow successfully. Deserved or not, this reputation scares off a lot of novice gardeners. If you love the look of orchids but don’t want to worry about fussy plants, poor man’s orchid plants may be the ideal solution to your gardening dilemma. Learn how to grow poor man’s orchids outdoors as well as inside as a potted plant.

Growing Schizanthus

When growing Schizanthus, the biggest condition you need to provide is an early start and mostly cool weather. This plant will stop producing once the heat of summer arrives, so begin it indoors about three months before your last frost date in the spring.

Sprinkle the seeds on top of a pot of finely sifted compost, then cover them with a sprinkling of the same compost. Mist the soil with a fine spray, then cover the pot with a piece of plexiglass, glass or plastic. Place the pot in a completely dark place until the seeds sprout.

Caring for Poor Man’s Orchid Plants

Schizanthus care mostly consists of keeping away unpleasant environmental factors and letting the plants grow. Once the seedlings reach 3 inches tall, pinch the ends of the stems to encourage them to branch out and grow bushy.

Plant the seedlings in rich, well-drained soil where they will get morning sun and afternoon shade. Poor man’s orchid is a relatively rapid grower, and will soon reach its full height of 18 inches, branching out into a fluffy bush.

While poor man’s orchids do well in shaded beds, they thrive in planters, hanging pots and indoor windows. Place them where they will receive cool breezes and morning sun, then move the pots to a shaded spot in the afternoon.

Wait until the soil is almost dry before watering each time, as the roots are subject to rot if they stay too moist.

Schizanthus Species, Butterfly Flower, Fringe Flower, Poor Man’s Orchid



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage

Foliage Color:

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


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Bloom Color:



Bright Yellow

Medium Purple

White/Near White

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Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Baywood-Los Osos, California

Escondido, California

Fortuna, California

Long Beach, California

Lewiston, Idaho

Barbourville, Kentucky

Stephenson, Michigan

Perham, Minnesota

New York City, New York

Raleigh, North Carolina

Cottage Grove, Oregon

Chewelah, Washington

Cosmopolis, Washington

Spangle, Washington

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Naked Man Orchid: Amazing Orchis Italica Flower

Orchis Italica, known as the naked man orchid, is one of the most surprising of the plant world! The Orchis Italica is a rare orchid from the Mediterranean with a quite surprising shape. Indeed, we can distinguish small bare snowmen’s hence its English name “Naked Man Orchid”.

Orchis Italica, or naked man orchid, is a Mediterranean orchid, 20 to 40 cm high, recognizable by its dense inflorescence composed of a large number of flowers with a delicately cut into strips. The petals and sepals are combined in a long acuminate helmet, concolorous with the lip of shade usually pink (sometimes pale pink, rarely purple).

Another peculiarity of this species, which makes it possible to recognize it in the rosette state: the strongly undulating basal leaves.

This species can be observed from full light to partial shade, on calcareous substrates (lean grasslands, open garrigues, light woods) up to 1300 m altitude.

Its distribution area, centered on southern Italy, extends from Morocco to the west in Lebanon to the east. She is absent from Sardinia and Corsica. It can locally create very large populations.

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Pssst, want to see a naked man? How about lots of naked men? Then this article is for you, because it is all about a naked man – plant that is. But, to see all this amazing botanical beauty has to offer, you have to use a little imagination.

It is a human trait to see ourselves in other things, and to see things differently than they really are. Case in point, the beautiful and delicate Orchis Italica, or ‘The Naked Man Orchid’.

These delicate pink, purple, yellowish and white orchids oddly resemble the shape of nude male figures, and seem to have many of the anatomical variations that human men share.

It is the perfect plant for the ladies at the office, who can enjoy a perverse sense of pleasure having a potted Pee Pee plant upon their desk that causes male counterparts to squirm with subconscious discomfort.

But, be forewarned, while Naked Man Orchids may be an appropriate gift for a bachelorette party, they are not advisable as part of a corsage for formal gatherings, and most certainly not for proms.

Also known as the Italian orchid, Orchis Italica is a species native to the Mediterranean area. It prefers partial shade, low nutrient soil and flowers in April. The Naked Man Orchid grows up to 50 centimeters (20 inches) in height, and features bright, densely clustered flowers ‘hanging’ from dainty stems.

Have Your Say!

Naked Man Orchid – Orchis Italica

Are you an orchid or flower lover? Before laughing about these, you might want to consider their uses in a sustainable garden. They could surely become a topic of conversation for various reasons.

There’s this viral meme going around the internet that people giggle about, because these come in all shapes and sizes (if ya know what I mean). But these flower bulbs are edible.

Naked Man Orchid, aka Orchis Italica, is native to the Mediterranean region, areas formerly known as the Ottoman Empire.

They require fungus in the soil to grow and prefer wet soil. So if you’re a fan of ramial wood chips, which are ideal medium for growing fungus, these would be an ideal flower to grow. They are frost tolerant and can be grown in zones up to zone 5.

Orchis Italica

Edible Use

Salep is prepared by drying the root and forming it into a powder. Salep, also known as “saloop” in England, is a beverage consumed as an alternative to coffee. The powder is added to hot water until thickened, and then various flavorings added, such as rose water. When milk is used instead of water, it’s sometimes known as Turkish Delight.

Because the drink is so popular in Turkey, it’s created a decline in the wild orchid population. So it’s now illegal to export true salep powder.

Medicinal Uses

These orchids have very nutritious tubers and can be made into a flour similar to arrowroot, known as salep. It’s used in Turkey (and other areas) in desserts and beverages. One (dried) ounce is enough to sustain a person for a day (a survival food).

It’s especially good for children and convalescents and helps the intestines to heal (probably due to diarrhea or intestinal viruses). It is documented as antidiarrheal, antiflatulent, demulcent and nutritive. Like most plants whose shape give indications of organs or parts of the body that can be healed, this one is no different. Since ancient Roman times, it’s said to be an aphrodisiac and can help with men’s virility.

Where to buy

Well that is the challenge. I searched for over an hour on the internet, and because it’s a wildflower in “threatened status,” it cannot be harvested wild – they cannot be picked or harmed. Very few places sell it, and when they do, it’s the seed. The seeds are difficult to propagate without a fungal soil. The fungus is needed to make the seed viable.

The only place I was able to locate it online, from Medlock Valley Orchids, is in the UK. And they are out of stock. You may want to inquire if they will be getting anymore in the future.

There are various posts by people, chatting in forums, about seeing fields of them growing on the countryside in France or Spain. But since they’re protected, one cannot disturb them. I imagine this is why mostly the seeds are used, since this practice wouldn’t disturb them (or shouldn’t anyway).

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Orchis italica

Kingdom: Plantae

Order: Asparagales

Family: Orchidaceae

Subfamily: Orchidoideae

Genus: Orchis

Species: O. italica

Orchis italica, ordinarily known as the naked man orchid or the Italian orchid (because the flowers resemble a naked man) is a type of orchid local to the Mediterranean.

The petals of this orchid really look like a naked man with arms and legs and even the reproductive organ is in detail! The flower resembles a bare man hanging with a grin and two eyes. This orchid species is found in bunches across the Mediterranean region such as Jordan, Turkey, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Israel, and Greece.

This orchid plant prefers shade. The Italian orchid develops appropriately in wet soil. The species is hermaphrodite meaning it has both male and female sex organs in the same plant.

The flowers come in a wide range of colours like distinctive shades of pink, white, purple and even yellow. Other than this, it additionally comes in various sizes as well.

Blossoming season – March and April.

Economic Importance:

  1. In the older times, people believed that a plant is beneficial for the organ which it resembles. So since the naked man orchid resembles a man’s genital organ, in the Roman Empire, this orchid was utilized as a treatment for men’s virility issues.
  2. This orchid species is also beneficial for flatulence problems.
  3. It also helps in treatments of skin and is beneficial for dry skin.
  4. The plant is also useful having nutritive and diarrheal properties.
  5. The root is highly nutritious and is dried and crushed to make a flour.
  6. It is also utilized as an espresso elective to make a drink called Turkish Delight.

The species has threatened status and conservation efforts are on to protect this peculiar species of orchids.

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10 Of The World’s Weirdest Flowers

By Guest Author Nadina Hughes of Flowers Across Melbourne.

Roses, lilies, iris, snapdragons, sunflowers, gerberas, and the occasional exotic orchid are a florist’s stock in trade. But as flowers are not only our business but our passion, we also love discovering flowers that one doesn’t see every day, or even in a lifetime. Among all of the species of flowers on the planet, these ten have to be the weirdest flowers in the world.

#1 Weirdest Flower: Monkey Face Orchid (Dracula simia)

Photo courtesy of Dick Culbert (CC)

Let’s face it (pun intended), the little flower referred to as Monkey Face Orchid didn’t take a whole lot of imagination to name: “Dracula” because of it’s two long, fang-like petals and “simia” for its resemblance to primates.

The two dark little eyes, fuzzy dotted eyebrows, and furry little nose and beard area of Monkey Face Orchid bear striking simian resemblances that become even more obvious when viewed from a distance. It might as well be called the Baboon-Faced Orchid, but who’s keeping track?

The Monkey Face Orchid is rare oddity. It is only found in the cloud forests of Peru and southeastern Ecuador at altitudes of more than 3,000 feet. It has the ability to bloom year round, thrives in intermediate to warm weather, and its flowers smell like ripe oranges, making it a prized addition to any orchid connoisseur’s garden. To create an especially striking bouquet or floral arrangement with Dracula Simia, consider pairing the pointy orchid with bushy, fluffy plants and flowers like the wild pussy willow.

A small detail to keep in mind: some Monkey Face Orchids grow large, with down-turned pointy petals, while others produce a smaller, fuzzier bloom that look more like monkey faced-cotton balls. If you’re into morbid floristry, try making an arrangement out of the Monkey Face Orchid and a bunch of Dragon’s Skulls (dead and dried snapdragons!).

#2 Weirdest Flower: Naked Man Orchid (Orchis italica)

Naked Man Orchid photo courtesy of Mark Freeth (CC)

Is it an alien? Is it a sea anemone? Should you have said yes to that post-rave cup of coffee in hopes of quelling your neon visions? Nope, it’s the Naked Man Orchid!

This little guy (or guys), also known as the Hanging Man Orchid, is native to the Mediterranean region and resembles tiny little hanging naked men, from their dotted eyes and smiles right down to their little but proud you-know-whats.

Naked Man Orchids come in all sizes and usually range in colour from light purplish white to deep purply pink. Some hybrids of this flower have broader pink petals that enclose the top of the flower, almost like a hood or a bonnet. The Naked Man Orchid is classified as having a threatened status, perhaps because of its popularity as an antidiarrheal, antiflatulent and aphrodisiac.

Another crazy fact about these fun flowers: they’re used in making the drink Salep, also called Turkish Delight. Want to try out your own batch of homemade salep? If you’ve got an abundance of these little rarities you can grind up the tubers into a flower that resembles arrowroot. This is the basis of the thick, sweet, coffee-like drink. Because the Naked Man Orchid has a threatened status, it is illegal to export true salep powder from the Mediterranean regions from whence it comes.

#3 Weirdest Flower: Devils Hand (Chiranthodendron pentadactylon)

Devils Hand photo courtesy of Josh*m (CC)

If idle hands are the devil’s workshop, we’re not really sure what the Devil’s Hands are, but we sure love to look at them. Some call this tree the Monkey’s Hand, Hand-Flower or Monkey Paw, but we wouldn’t recommend making any wishes on it (though we will say that it makes an amazing living headpiece or handheld bouquet, especially around Halloween).

The Devil’s Hand is native to Mexico where the Ancient Aztecs held it in especially high religious regard, and harvested the claw-like flowers for generations. The fruit produced by this tree has an earthy taste and has been used for years in traditional medicine to treat many varieties of heart conditions. The claw part of this flower emerges from the otherwise normal-looking bloom, like an unholy creature emerging to snatch its prey.

Want to capitalize on this flower’s evil façade? Pair it with a few black Chinese Batflowers and Doll’s Eye (otherwise known as white baneberry) and you’ve got a special occasion centrepiece your guests won’t soon forget. Be careful if you have pets, however, as Doll’s Eye is extremely toxic. Unlike some tropical plants the Devil’s Hand tree is extremely hardy and can grow relatively fast, reaching upwards of 40’ to 60’ tall!

#4 Weirdest Flower: Parrot Flower (Impatiens psittacina)

If you’ve never seen a Parrot Flower before you’re not alone (no, we’re not talking about the handy gardening app, Parrot Flower Power). This flower is so rare that many people still doubt its actual existence.

The Parrot Flower, a Thailand native also known as the “parrot balsam,” is classified as endangered and therefore not allowed to leave the country. That means if you want to find out whether or not this little wonder exists, you’ll have to book a flight to Manipur, India, Burma, or a tiny region in northern Thailand near Chiang Mai.

The cool thing about the flower of this rare species of balsam is that its profile looks just like a parrot or cockatoo in flight! Funny thing is, when images of this flower first began to circulate across the Internet they were dismissed as being “digitally manipulated” because very few people had actually seen one.

#5 Weirdest Flower: Bee Orchid (Ophrys bombyliflora)

Photo courtesy of Bjorn S… (CC)

The Bee Orchid gets its name from its uncanny resemblance to a smiling bumblebee (that is, if bumblebees could smile). Its name comes from the Greek word “ophrys” meaning eyebrow, perhaps referring to the fuzzy bits around the edge of the flower. Some Bee Orchids stick to the cream, brown and gold colour scheme while others have a pinkish hue to their petals.

You’d think that the Bee Orchid got its name from looking like, well, a honeybee, but you’d be wrong. The Bee Orchid actually got its nickname because bees are this flower’s main pollinator. The Bee Orchid is native to Malta, however it’s becoming more and more scarce because the propagation process is so difficult. You see, the Bee Orchid requires a symbiotic relationship with a certain type of fungus in order to successfully grow, making transplanting extremely difficult. Bee Orchids thrive in grasslands and surprisingly, many have been found growing out of dry, chalky limestone!

The Bee Orchid is very clever: The colouring and shape of the flower mimics the look and smell of a female bee, which entices male bees towards it to mate, thus expediting the pollination process! While Australian Bee Orchids are lucky enough to have a healthy population of pollinators nearby, Bee Orchids in other parts of the world aren’t as lucky. In places like the UK, the right species of bee simply doesn’t exist, which led the Bee Orchids of the UK to become self-pollinators.

#6 Weirdest Flower: Swaddled Babies (Anguloa uniflora)

Photo courtesy of Tim Waters (CC)

Too cute! These adorable little tulip orchids, nicknamed Swaddled Babies, were discovered in the Colombian Andes between 1777-1788 during a ten-year expedition, but weren’t named and officially classified until 1798. During certain times of this complex plant’s blooming stage, the flowers’ unique shape resembles that of a baby all wrapped up in white swaddling. Some of us here think that Swaddled Babies look more like the inside of mussels, but we’ll leave the decision up to you!

In their native South American habitat the Swaddled Babies Orchid is a summer bloomer, and not hard to miss either, if you know what you’re looking for. The white, waxy flowers can grow up to 10cm across and smell amazingly sweet. Their tempting scent attracts insects to the hinged lip of the petal where the unsuspecting creatures are shoved into the column where pollen attaches itself to their abdomens, increasing pollination.

#7 Weirdest Flower: Hooker’s Lips (Psychotria elata)

Hooker Lips, Hot Lips, Flower Lips— call them what you will— there’s no guessing how this seductive plant got its name.

The bright red bits that resemble a hooker’s bright red lips are actually bracts, not petals. The leaf-like bracts are only in their kissable state for a few days before opening to reveal the little yellow and white flowers within, almost like the plant is sticking its tongue out at you.

If this working girl looks especially trippy there’s a good reason for it. Turns out the Hooker’s Lips flower comes from a genus in the plant family Rubiaceae that produces psychedelic chemicals like Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), and with 1,990 different kinds of species it’s quite a large genus. Several species of Hooker’s Lips are marked with dark spots that are actually bacteria-filled nodules.

The Hooker’s Lips Plant is native to the tropical regions of Columbia, Costa Rica and Panama, but due to its popularity with collectors and the deforestation of its natural habitat it’s landed on the endangered species list. Hope we don’t have to kiss this little beauty goodbye anytime soon!

#8 Weirdest Flower: Bat-faced Cuphea (Cuphea llavea)

Another strikingly beautiful flower that we’re not sure if we should run from or stick in a vase is the Bat Face Cuphea (Cuphea Iluvea). This heat-loving perennial is native to Mexico and grows in sprawling mounds that are characterized by their bright red and dark purple tubular flowers resembling the face of a bat.

The Bat Face Cuphea, also known as the Cigar Plant, Peter’s Plant or Bunny Ears, grows anywhere between 1’ and 2’ tall, with hairy, trowel-like leaves. The plant is extremely drought-resistant and heat-tolerant but still enjoys a good watering once per week. Bat Face Cupheas don’t simply add pops and splashes of colour to the garden; they attract hummingbirds and butterflies, too! The Swallowtail and Sulphur butterflies especially enjoy the sweet nectar hidden inside the little Bat Faces.

Considering adding the Bat Face Cuphea to your garden? They make perfect hanging baskets and container flowers and look especially nice when used in borders.

#9 Weirdest Flower: Lithops Weberi (Lithops comptonii)

Photo courtesy of Harry Harms (CC)

You may have heard of a pet stone before, but a flowering stone? Nope, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you, it’s Lithops Weberi, otherwise known as Living Stones. These awesome little succulents are perfect to grow indoors, especially for folks whose thumbs are not so green. Like most succulents, the Lithops Weberi is extra-hardy and usually remains unfazed with changes in conditions or environment.

Living Stones are native only to South Africa, where their evolutionary progress turned them into a drought-proof plant. When Lithops blooms it looks extraordinary, with a white or yellow daisy poking out from what appears to be solid stone.

Talk about easy to propagate! If you want to multiply your Living Stones simply take a leaf off of one, stick it into the pebble bed and it will take root. That’s it. If your Living Stone begins to take on a stretched-out or oblong shape, it is because the plant isn’t getting enough sunlight. Simply place the little fella in direct sunlight for a few days and watch as it returns to its, short, stubby, lovable self. If creepy plants that look like rocks and other things are in your wheelhouse, consider adding the Bleeding Tooth Fungus and the Octopus Stinkhorn (don’t worry, that last one’s just a mushroom).

#10 Weirdest Flower: Corpse lily (Amorphophallus titanum)

Corpse Lily photo courtesy of Chris Freeland (CC)

This monster of a plant was made famous in the movie Dennis the Menace. It blooms so infrequently that whenever one does, it often makes local and sometimes global headlines.

The Corpse lily is technically a compound flower—though still considered the world’s largest single flower—and only grows in Indonesia, specifically Sumatra. If you’re wondering what kind of pollinators would be interested in such a stinky bud, the answer is carrion beetles and flies. Surprised?

The Corpse Lily’s Latin name comes from the Ancient Greek “amorphos” which means, “without form, misshapen.” Not only is this flower extremely rare, it’s extremely large, some growing up to 12 feet tall with flowers weighing up to 25 pounds!

Despite its disgusting stench and rather phallic appearance, the Corpse Lily is the official flower of the rainforests of Borneo, where it calls home. Another little known fact about the Corpse Lily: Each flower (if successfully pollinated, that is) can produce up to four million seeds.

Photos courtesy of Dick Culbert; Mark Freeth; Josh*m; Bjorn S…; Tim Waters; Harry Harms; Chris Freeland (CC)

Author bio: Nadina Hughes is the owner and lead florist at Flowers Across Melbourne, an online florist in Melbourne, Australia.

Hanging ‘Naked Man’ Orchid is Not FAKE: Photos of This Flower Got Twitterati Talking About Nature’s Wonders, View Pics

Different types of amusing orchids (Photo credits: Twitter/Pandamoanimum and Twitter/gnye18)

Nature is full of beautiful creations. What animals and plants we see and know of around us are very limited compared to the species that actually exist on this planet. Plant lovers would be admiring the blooms, their colours and shapes every time. Among the many flowering plants is the orchid family, which make for beautiful ornamental decorations and bouquets. One such orchid picture has been doing rounds on the internet thanks to its resemblance to a human structure. Called the hanging ‘naked man’, pictures of these flowers were shared on Twitter. It was definitely amusing to see how the plant looks like a stick figure resemblance of a tiny male. While it may be considered to be a fake or a photoshopped image, it is very much real.

The scientific name of this orchid is Orchis italica, it is a species native to the Mediterranean. Each flower has a lobed lip (labellum) and the flower entirely mimics a naked human man, giving it its common name. The other common name for this one is the Italian orchid. It is commonly found in regions like Jordan, Turkey, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Israel, Greece and other such places.

Check out the pictures of the hanging ‘naked man’ orchid shared on Twitter:

Just found there’s an orchid called ‘The Naked Man’ because, well, that’s what it looks like and I’m not even going to pretend that it hasn’t amused me. pic.twitter.com/uLyrXeitmP

— Amanda (@Pandamoanimum) May 22, 2018

On sharing these pictures, Twitterati too was amused and the post has got almost 22,000 likes and 8000 plus shares. The amused people had some funniest reactions given the resemblance to the ‘male part.’

They’re the best

How did I miss this??? It’s the best thing I’ve ever seen!

— Jayne Sharp (@Jaynesharp) May 27, 2018

And also blessed!

Some of those orchards are more blessed than the others 😂

— Abbie (@CarolinaAbbie) May 28, 2018

Nature’s got humour too!

Me too. Loving this. Nature has such a great sense of humour at times

— Charles Barber (@CharlesSBarber) May 23, 2018

While everyone was amused at the shape of this one, few others took to show the more amazing shapes that exist in the world of orchids. Take a look at the orchids resembling different shapes:

The flying duck orchids

You got flying ducks pic.twitter.com/q1qzitFK4t

— grayson nyę (@gnye18) January 27, 2018

That’s a perfect ballerina

Then you got ballerina pic.twitter.com/UAZdBB4SfO

— grayson nyę (@gnye18) January 27, 2018

Then a laughing bumblebee

Laughing bumblebee pic.twitter.com/4f7CUfT7Qd

— grayson nyę (@gnye18) January 27, 2018

And we also have a monkey!

Monkey pic.twitter.com/pzmS5UEMcY

— grayson nyę (@gnye18) January 27, 2018

What started as sharing one amazing nature’s phenomenon became a thread to share some more of the gems from the orchid family. These pictures are a proof of how wonderful nature is and we do not see those wonders that closely.

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