5 Miltoniopsis Orchids to Consider Growing

Miltoniopsis, or pansy orchids, have beautiful blooms on slender stems. Which ones should you consider growing?

Miltoniopsis, also known as pansy orchids, is one of the friendliest-looking orchids you can grow. They bloom profusely and have long, slender stems. They have flat faces like pansies and bloom for four to six weeks.

Unlike many other orchids, these grow all year and do not go dormant unless exposed to severe heat and bright sunlight for extended periods. Miltoniopsis flowers have a six-week lifespan on the plant but not very long when cut. They’re not suitable for corsages or bouquets. Most hybrids have a faint floral fragrance in their petals. 

The orchid can be found in highland rainforests in Brazil, where it was discovered. These show-stoppers boast stunning foliage and bright, long-lasting flowers. Miltoniopsis has delicate foliage that easily burns in direct sunlight and dries fast in hot weather. Modern hybrids can be grown in a sunny window in an air-conditioned home.

1. Milt. clowesii

Miltonia clowesii is a native of Brazil and is an epiphyte, a non-parasitic plant that grows on another. It flourishes by forming dense clusters of flattened, egg-shaped pseudobulbs. Blossoming typically produces 6 to 8 flowers that bloom in the fall.

The most intriguing feature of this plant is that each flower has a distinct pattern of brown spots on the petals. The overall shape of the flower varies due to the many positions and shapes the petals might take, which varies from plant to plant, so having another plant in your garden or home means you’ll see more variations.

The flowers are around 3 inches across and open in succession, allowing the shrub to bloom for longer. They’re chestnut brown with yellow streaks, and the long, pointed tip of the violin-shaped lip is white and purple.

2. Milt. regnellii

Miltonia regnellii is a plant native to Brazil’s southeastern and southern regions. This species is available in pink and white cultivars. Each spike holds 4 to 5 flowers that have a spicy orange scent. The sepals and petals are white-yellow, while the lip is usually pale pink to reddish. 

Regnellii can be mounted or potted in mild to hot, semi-shaded settings. They also require a lot of water while growing and a dry winter rest once they’ve finished flowering.

Flowers bloom in nature from January to May and culture from August to October. They are 2.5 inches in diameter each and are typically found on inflorescences. It grows to a height of 12 inches.

blooming miltoniopsis regnelli flowers

3. Milt. spectabilis

Miltonia spectabilis is a lovely plant that blooms twice a year in the summer. The blossoms are about 3 inches in diameter and last about a month, possibly more, if the plants are kept in a cool, darkened location. Its dark purple flowers smell like black licorice.

Miltonia spectabilis is a medium-sized epiphyte with 1.5 to 4-inch pseudobulbs and 4 to 12-inch leaves. The spectabilis orchid blooms in the summer and grows to be 20 inches tall. Its ease of care makes it ideal for use on window ledges alongside Phalaenopsis orchids.

pinkish purple miltoniopsis spectabilis flower

4. Milt. roezlii

Roezlii is native to northern South America and can be found at altitudes ranging from 650 to 3200 feet in the humid forests of Colombia, Ecuador, and Panama. It is one of three pansy orchid species responsible for all hybrids in the genus.

The plant produces 2 to 7 rose-scented flowers during summer and fall. Flowers appear in various colors, but it typically produces 3 to 4-inch flowers with large, creamy white petals. The velvety petals of the flowers feature a purple blotch at the base. The lip is blue-white with a yellow base. 

It requires continuous watering and fertilizing throughout the year to bloom successfully. 

full bloom white roezlii flowers

5. Milt. vexillaria

Miltoniopsis vexillaria, also known as the flag-like Miltoniopsis, is found in remote areas of Colombia and Ecuador’s central mountains. It is thought to be the most beautiful of the Miltoniopsis species. 

It produces large, well-shaped flowers with a sweet aroma from spring to fall. They can be pink with white specks in some areas or white with pink tints or stripes. There are yellow patches and chestnut streaks or specks at the base of the lip. 

The plant’s grayish-green foliage reaches a height of 20 inches. Each tall stalk can support up to a dozen 4-inch flowers in pink to scarlet colors, with dark lips.

Miltoniopsis vexillaria flag like purple flowers
Carley Miller
Carley Miller is a horticultural expert at Bustling Nest. She previously owned a landscaping business for 25 years and worked at a local garden center for 10 years.
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