Cat’s Whiskers & Orchids

On another cold January day we took off on a museum outing in DC that included a side trip to the U.S. Botanic Garden.  It’s lovely to have this collection of plants from various temperature and climate zones so close to the halls of Congress.  When first walking in the door one of the plants that greeted my eye was the Cat’s Whiskers (Orthosiphon stamineus) with it’s elongated white flowers.  This is a medicinal herb in the mint family that is used for making Java tea.

 

Cat's Whiskers (Orthosiphon stamineus)

Cat's Whiskers (Orthosiphon stamineus)

After this initial distraction we headed immediately over to the Orchid collection.  They always have a fairly diverse and interesting set on display and today was no exception.  The following are some of the plants that struck my camera’s fancy.

 

Orchid Vanda coerulea

Orchid Vanda coerulea

 

Paphiopedlium Festive Hunter 'Kensington'

Paphiopedlium Festive Hunter 'Kensington'

 

Brassolaeliocattleya Pamela Heatherington 'Coronation'

Brassolaeliocattleya Pamela Heatherington 'Coronation'

One comment on “Cat’s Whiskers & Orchids

  1. blossom

    Cat’s Whiskers are common in Malaysia and we do use them for their medicial benefits. And, the orchids … awesome!