Spotlight: Brassavola nodosa

Brassavola nodosa: Commonly known as “Lady-of-the-Night,” orchid. This orchid has beautiful white flowers that are said to smell of a strong freesia or lily-of-the-valley scent. In fact, most Brassavola orchids smell citrus-y so give them a try. They're also fairly tolerant of lower humidity if you give them enough light. 

I have to tell you, I am absolutely in LOVE with this orchid. It's easy and it gives so much back. Plus even when it's not flowering, it's leaves are really cool, like tough plump grass. 


Medium to High light, they will get freckles when they are getting enough light. When they get freckles stop, don't let them sunburn. 

Humidity  50-70% is ideal. 

Watering  Let them get dry between waterings. 

Temperature   24 - 29C (75 - 80F) during the day, 6-8C drop at night. 

Media  Bark if in pots, or mount on a wood mount. These plants like circulation.  Baskets also work. 

Fragrance & Flowers:   Exceptionally strong fragrance, citrus and gardenia-like fragrance which starts at night or in darkness. Unique and showy flowers. Scent is to attract night moths. Because their main showtime is at night, they don't need bright colourful flowers, white flowers are visible in the darkness. 

Endemic Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Carribeans.