Pleione Pleione Versailles gx 'Bucklebury'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
pleione Versailles gx 'Bucklebury'


The Pleione Versailles gx 'Bucklebury', commonly referred to as the Orchid, is a strikingly beautiful plant characterized by its vibrant and colorful flowers. These blossoms typically feature a rich blend of hues that may include shades of pink, purple, and white, often with distinctive markings or speckles that add to their allure. The petals are prominent and varied in shape, with some possibly being broad and others more slender or ruffled, together forming an elegant display. At the center of the flower, you'd likely find a lip-like structure, often differently colored, which serves as an inviting landing zone for pollinators. This part of the bloom can exhibit contrasting colors that enhance the visual interest of the flower. The Orchid may also have several blooms per stem, creating a clustered bouquet effect that is truly eye-catching. The foliage of the Orchid is also noteworthy, with leaves that are typically lush and green. These leaves can be elongated, adding a verdant backdrop against which the flamboyance of the flowers stands out even more. The overall aspect of the Orchid is one of elegance and exotic appeal, with a flower form and coloration that can vary not only among different Orchids but also within this particular cultivar, making each one unique.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Pleione, Indian Crocus, Windowsill Orchid, Himalayan Crocus.

    • Common names

      Pleione Versailles gx 'Bucklebury'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant in question is a cultivar of Pleione, commonly known as the Indian Crocus. There is limited information available on the specific cultivar Pleione Versailles gx 'Bucklebury', but generally, Pleione species are not known for being toxic to humans. However, as with many plants, it is still advisable to avoid ingesting parts of the Pleione as they may cause mild stomach upset due to being non-edible. It is always a good practice to keep all plants out of the reach of small children who might inadvertently ingest plant parts.

    • To pets

      For Pleione, also known as the Indian Crocus, there is limited data regarding its toxicity when it specifically concerns pets. In general, Pleione species are not commonly listed as toxic to pets, such as dogs and cats. If a pet were to ingest a part of a Pleione plant, it may experience mild gastrointestinal upset, similar to humans. However, each pet may react differently, and it is always best to err on the side of caution and prevent pets from ingesting plants. If you suspect your pet has consumed any part of the plant and is showing symptoms of distress, consult your veterinarian promptly.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 feet (0.3 meters)

    • Spread

      6 inches (15 centimeters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Adds vibrant color and unique beauty to gardens and indoor spaces with its striking flowers.
    • Ornamental Value: Highly prized by gardeners and orchid enthusiasts for its decorative blooms.
    • Compact Size: Suited for small spaces and terrariums due to its relatively small growth habit.
    • Seasonal Interest: Provides seasonal interest in the spring when it typically blooms, contributing to garden dynamics.
    • Collection Enhancement: A valuable addition for orchid collectors looking to diversify their collection.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal care compared to some other orchid species, making it a good choice for beginners.
    • Propagation: Can be propagated by division, providing an opportunity to share with other gardeners or expand one’s own collection.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Crafting natural dyes: The blooms of Pleione can be used to create natural dyes for textiles, offering a range of colors depending on the mordant used.
    • Floral photography: Pleione flowers make excellent subjects for macro photography due to their intricate details and vibrant colors.
    • Education and research: Botanical gardens and universities may cultivate Pleione for study, allowing students to learn about orchid care and propagation techniques.
    • Feng Shui: In some cultures, Pleione plants are believed to bring positive energy to the home when placed in the correct area according to Feng Shui principles.
    • Ephemeral art: The delicate flowers can be incorporated into temporary art installations, where their beauty can be appreciated before they naturally wither away.
    • Garden design: Pleione can be used in alpine or rock gardens for their unique aesthetic and adaptation to well-draining environments.
    • Wedding decorations: Due to their elegance, these orchids can be used in bridal bouquets or table centerpieces for a natural, luxurious touch.
    • Culinary inspiration: Although not edible, the appearance of Pleione flowers can inspire cake designers and pastry chefs in their decoration and presentation.
    • Bioindication: In their natural habitat, Pleione can serve as bioindicators, signaling the health of their ecosystem with their presence or absence.
    • Horticultural shows: Enthusiasts may grow Pleione to enter flower and orchid shows, where their beauty and rarity can be showcased and judged.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Pleione is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    Pleione is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Beauty: Pleione, commonly known as the "Windowsill Orchid," often symbolizes beauty due to their delicately structured flowers and wide array of vibrant colors.
    • Refinement: Orchids, in general, are associated with luxury and sophistication, making them a representation of refinement and elegance.
    • Purity: The pure, often bright colors of the Windowsill Orchid convey a message of cleanliness and innocence.
    • Fertility: In some cultures, orchids are believed to symbolize fertility and abundance due to their lush, full blooms.
    • Love: The Windowsill Orchid can also be a symbol of love, as orchids are traditionally given to convey affection and deep emotional connections.
    • Rarity: Due to their unique and distinct appearance, orchids can signify rarity and the preciousness of a unique individual or relationship.
    • Wealth: Orchids are often considered a sign of wealth and prosperity, as they were historically rare and expensive to own.

Every 7 to 10 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every year
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Orchids, like the Pleione Versailles 'Bucklebury', require careful watering to thrive. They should be watered thoroughly but infrequently, allowing the potting medium to dry out slightly between waterings. During the active growth period in spring and summer, water every 5 to 7 days with lukewarm water, adding about 8 to 16 ounces per watering depending on the size of the pot. In the dormant period, which is typically in winter, reduce watering to once every 10 to 14 days. Ensure good drainage to prevent root rot and never let the plant sit in standing water.

  • sunLight

    Orchids, including the Pleione Versailles 'Bucklebury', prefer bright, indirect light. They should be placed in a spot where they can receive filtered sunlight, such as a window with a sheer curtain or an east-facing window where they can get gentle morning sun. Avoid direct afternoon sun, which can burn the delicate leaves of the orchid.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Orchids like Pleione Versailles 'Bucklebury' enjoy moderate temperatures with a preference for a range between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. They can tolerate a minimum temperature of approximately 50 degrees Fahrenheit and a maximum of around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Maintain consistent temperatures without sharp fluctuations to ensure the health of the orchid.

  • scissorsPruning

    The Pleione Versailles 'Bucklebury' orchid benefits from pruning to promote healthy growth and flowering. Trim away spent flower spikes with sterilized cutting tools after blooms have faded, usually shortly after the blooming season. Also, remove any yellow or dead leaves to maintain plant vigor. Periodic pruning, typically once a year after the flowering period, is sufficient for maintaining plant health and appearance.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for the Butterfly Orchid is a well-draining, airy mixture; typically, a blend of fine bark chips, perlite, and sphagnum moss works well. The ideal pH for this mix should hover around the slightly acidic range, about pH 5.5 to 6.5, suitable for most orchids.

  • plantRepotting

    Butterfly Orchids should be repotted every 1 to 2 years or when the potting medium breaks down, as fresh mix ensures healthy roots and better airflow. It's best done after the plant has finished flowering, usually in late spring.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    The Butterfly Orchid thrives at high humidity levels, ideally between 60-80%. Maintaining high humidity mimics their natural environment and contributes significantly to their health and bloom production.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Butterfly Orchid in bright, indirect light with high humidity.

    • Outdoor

      Protect Butterfly Orchid from direct sun, ensure high humidity and good air circulation.

    • Hardiness zone

      9-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Pleione Versailles gx 'Bucklebury', commonly known as Pleione, begins its life cycle as a pseudobulb, which is an underground storage organ. In spring, a single leaf emerges from this pseudobulb, followed by a flower stalk that produces one or more striking flowers. After flowering, the plant goes through a period of vegetative growth where the leaf photosynthesizes to replenish the pseudobulb with nutrients for the next year's growth cycle. As seasons change towards autumn, the foliage dies back, and the plant enters a dormant period throughout the winter, where the pseudobulb remains dormant beneath the soil surface. During this dormancy, new daughter pseudobulbs can develop around the original one, allowing the plant to propagate and increase in number. With the return of warmer temperatures in the following spring, the cycle begins anew with the growth of leaves and flowers from these new pseudobulbs.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: The Pleione Versailles is a type of orchid, and it is typically propagated by division, which is the most popular method for this plant. The best time for propagation by division is in the late winter or early spring, when the plant is emerging from dormancy but the growth of new shoots has not yet begun. To propagate by division, carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently separate the pseudobulbs, ensuring that each division has at least one growth eye, which is a potential new shoot. Replant the divisions in fresh orchid potting mix, positioning them so the growth eyes are just below the surface and water lightly to help settle them in. Over time, these divisions will grow into new plants, a process that takes patience, as orchids can be slow to establish and bloom.