This orchid, Stanhopea tigrina, has super short-lived flowers that last three days maximum. Their interesting, claw-like shape beckons you closer, but then
you notice their smell. It’s sweet, yes, but an oppressive kind of sweet that, in an enclosed environment, becomes much too
much, all too quickly.
To grow: These can take a light frost if they’re protected, but should be moved indoors in a hard freeze. They don’t like to be dried out or exposed to hot sun. An atrium or porch is ideal.