Lepathopsis astrophora

This species has always been one of our favourite mini miniatures. We have been growing the species now for 30 years and Annie once won an RHS CCC (Certificate of cultural commendation) for a specimen plant)

Lepanthopsis astrophora has leaves less than 1cm long and relatively long spikes of tiny flowers each of which is a perfect purple star (hence the name). The flowers are long lasting and the species is in flower for most of the year although from December to March plants look particularly good with clouds of the tiny purple flowers

The species is native to cloud forests in Venezuela and we find it succeeds mounted in a shady spot and sprayed daily. It is a good idea to keep a magnifying glass handy so that visitors can wonder at the lovely little flowers.

A lovely little plant with a good name.