Pink & White Flowers That Look Similar to Orchids

Exotic and unusual, orchids are known for their striking and colorful flowers. Two main groups of orchids exist, terrestrials and epiphytes. Terrestrial orchids grow in the ground and in a wide range of locations while epiphytic orchids are native to the tropics and enjoy clinging to rocks and tree branches. Tucked into a flowerbed, orchid look-alikes keep friends and family guessing.

Bristly Locust

Bristly locust (Robinia hispida) is a deciduous plant with a spreading form and pale pink flowers that resemble an orchid. The pink pea-like blooms grow on 2- to 4-inch pendant racemes attached to bristly stems that dangle down to create a showy garden display. Blooming from late spring to early summer, bristly locust grows 6 to 10 feet tall. The blue to green leaves on bristly locust are composed of 7 to 13 leaflets to contrast with the pale pink blooms. Drought-tolerant, bristly locust leaves cast a yellow tinge in fall for a burst of color to the garden. Bristly locust requires full sun and grows in a wide range of soil types, including dry and poor soil. The U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones for planting are 5 to 8.

Indian Shot

Indian shot (Canna 'Centenaire de Rozain-Bourcharlat'), a canna variety from the 1920's, is a perennial flower with a clumping growth habit and bright pink flowers that recall an orchid. Growing 3 to 6 feet tall, Indian shot attracts hummingbirds to the garden to create the quintessential garden feel. Indian shot has bronze to green foliage and is an ideal orchid-like variety to add height and color to the back of a perennial bed. To promote a long flowering season, deadhead or remove the spent blooms as soon as they are noticeable. Indian shot requires full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. The zones for planting are 8 to 11.

White Crested Dwarf Iris

White crested dwarf iris (Iris cristata alba) is a perennial plant with white orchid-like flowers that are fluted with a yellow crest shooting up the base of each petal. Growing 3 to 8 inches tall and 1 foot wide, white crested dwarf iris have short dark green leaves that shoot up the flower stalk. Spring-blooming, white crested dwarf iris is ideal flanking a garden walkway or lining a front border for low growing color. White crested dwarf iris requires full sun to part shade and well-drained soil. The zones for planting are 6 to 9.

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