Ophrys bertolonii (Bertoloni's Bee Orchid)

Scientific Name

Ophrys bertolonii Moretti

Common Names

Bertoloni's Bee Orchid


Arachnites bertolonii, Arachnites insengae, Ophrys dalmatica, Ophrys insectifera subsp. bertolonii, Ophrys inzengae, Ophrys marzensis, Ophrys penedensis, Ophrys romolinii, Ophrys speculum

Scientific Classification

Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Orchidinae
Genus: Ophrys


Color: Dark, almost black, and pale pink
Bloom Time: From March to June


Ophrys bertolonii is an amazing orchid that grows up to 18 inches (45 cm) tall and carries 3 to 8 large flowers on each inflorescence. It is the dark, almost black, velvety lip with its shiny speculum that makes the flower so attractive. The sepals and petals are a lovely shade of pale pink, sometimes tinged or marked with green. It is in bloom at any time between March and June.

Ophrys bertolonii (Bertoloni's Bee Orchid)
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USDA hardiness zones 6a to 9b: from −10 °F (−23.3 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Generally, orchids can be grouped into three temperature categories: cool, warm, and intermediate. Buy a high-low thermometer to measure the temperature range in your orchid location. After that, choosing a suitable orchid is simple. As with light, some orchids easily adapt to more than one temperature range.

Most orchids we grow indoors come from the tropics, and most parts of the tropics are much more humid than the average living room. Orchids grow better if you can boost the humidity in their immediate growing area by grouping your plants or placing them on a dry well. Create a dry well by placing plastic lattice or pebbles on a tray, then adding water to just below the lattice or top of the pebbles. Place your potted plants on top of the lattice or pebbles.

Anyone who has ever watered an orchid knows that most of what you pour in runs out almost immediately through the bottom of the pot. Because orchids are potted in bark mix rather than potting soil, they need to be watered differently. See more at How to Grow Orchids Indoors.


Ophrys bertolonii is native to the western and central Mediterranean.


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