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White egret flower
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Scientific Classification
Binomial Name

Habenaria radiata

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White Egret flower growing in the Orchid

The White Egret Flower is a species of orchid known by the scientific name Habenaria radiata. It also has various other common names such as Pecteilis radiata, Crane Orchid, Egret Orchid, Peacock Orchi and Sagi. The White Egret is a rare, hardy terrestrial orchid with a bulbous growth habit. It is a native orchid to Japan and is commonly known as Sagi. They need plenty of sunlight with some shade and the soil should be well drained, acidic, and moist. Also, water should be moderate and needs to kept dry during the winter. The White Egret Flower will grow 12 to 15 inches, and the flower will be bloom late in the summer. The flower itself is white and fringed, giving it the look of a bird in flight.[2]


Habenaria radiata

White Egret flowers are a small from the family of orchids that grows as a shrub. They reaching 12 to 15 inches in height and two or three flowers grow on each stem, and the calyx is shaped like a narrow egg and has 5 to 7 are at the end of the flower. They are sharp and they have two white leafs which looks like eggs as well; the calyx looks like a headgear. the flower is separated into three parts. The center looks like a tongue and the sides are the edge of the leafs. These are split into wings and it looks like an egret bird[3]


White Egret flower grows in a tiny tuber. White Egret Orchid bulbils will germinate well in properly-drained, highly acidic, moist soil. Live Sphagnum moss aid germination in the spring and during late summer. The place where the White Egret flowers grow should be a place with high lighting and cool temperature and it takes about 2-3 weeks to grow. The plant will go dormant in the fall. While it is dormant, they store water to wait for the growing season in the spring. In winter, the bulbs are kept dry to prevent root.[4]


Re-potting White Egret Flower

The flower blooms from July to August. They grow during the summer season and during the rainy seasons. They grow in damp areas of Korea, Japan, Russia and some places in the United Kingdom. However, these plants are dormant during the fall.[5]


During the period of conflicts in Japan, a princess of Tokyo sent a love letter to fiance with an Egret Orchid bulb. However, he was slain in battle, the Egret Flower bloomed where he fell. It is because of this story that people in Tokyo began to say giving the White Egret to someone was a sign that the receiver would not be returning to the place s/he got it from.[6]