Pink Rock Lily: The Beautiful Pink Flower

by Australian Flowers

Have you tried growing the pink rock lily? If not, you’re missing out on one of the easiest and most rewarding flowers to cultivate. Native to Australia, this plant is known as the pink rock orchid.

Let’s re-discover this lovely plant and explore everything you need to know about growing and caring for it.

Dendrobium Kingianum

Pink Rock Lily

This plant is perfect for adding a splash of colour to any garden or home. The pink rock lily is easy to care for and very drought tolerant, making it an ideal plant for those who live in dry climates.

This plant is native to Australia and can be found in many colours, including pink, white, and yellow. The flowers of this plant are very fragrant and bloom from late winter to early spring.

Other Names of Pink Rock Lily 

Other names of the pink rock lily flower include native rose, king orchid, and pink rock orchid. The name Dendrobium comes from a Greek word meaning ‘tree-like’, while Kingianum is in honour of Captain Phillip Parker King, who discovered the plant in 1817.

This beautiful pink flowering plant is found in the eastern parts of Australia, specifically in New South Wales and Queensland. The pink rock lily is often found on sandstone cliffs, growing in cracks and crevices. It can also be found clinging to rocks along riverbanks.

Plant Details

The pink rock lily is an evergreen herbaceous perennial that typically grows to 30-50 cm (1-2 ft). The plant has dark green, strap-like leaves and produces small, pink flowers in the spring and summer.

The pink rock lily is a popular ornamental plant often used in flower arrangements. It is considered an easy plant to care for and is tolerant of many growing conditions.

Good Points

The pink rock lily is a beautiful and unique flower native to Australia. It is a very drought-tolerant plant and does not require much water.

The pink rock lily is a very hardy plant and can withstand harsher conditions than other flowers. This can also be used in landscaping.

Use in Horticulture

Horticulture means the science and art of growing plants for food, fuel, fibre, and landscape restoration. The pink rock lily is often used as a decorative plant in gardens and homes. This plant can be grown in various climates and soil types.

The dendrobium kingianum, or pink rock lily, is a beautiful and popular plant often used in horticulture. This plant is native to Australia and can be found in many different parts of the world.


If you don’t trim your pink rock lily, it will grow too large and become top-heavy. The leaves will also turn yellow and drop off. Your plant will become unhealthy and may even die.

Another downside to the pink rock lily is that it is poisonous. If you have pets or small children, you’ll need to keep them away from this plant. The sap can cause skin irritation, so it’s best to wear gloves when handling it.

Growth Requirements

Growth requirements for this plant are very minimal. It is an epiphytic orchid, which means that it grows on other trees or rocks in the wild. You can grow it in a pot with a well-draining potting mix in your home. Be sure to provide your plant with bright, indirect light and moderate humidity.

Water when the potting mix has dried out completely. Expect your plant to bloom in the spring or summer. Flowering stems will appear from the pseudobulbs, and each branch can carry up to 20 flowers. The flowers are very fragrant and last for several weeks.

Best climate

The best climate for growing Dendrobium Kingianum is one with humid and warm weather conditions. The plant does not do well in cold or dry environments.

Humid weather conditions help the plant to bloom and produce more flowers. It also helps to keep the leaves healthy and green.


Repotting is essential to growing Dendrobium kingianum, as it allows the plant to continue growing and thriving. The best time to repot is spring after the plant has bloomed.

To repot:

  • Remove the plant from its current pot and gently shake off any excess dirt.
  • Place the plant in a new, slightly larger pot and fill it with fresh potting.
  • Mix water well and place in a bright, indirect light location.

Tip for Reblooming

Place the pot in a shady spot outdoors for about six weeks during the summer. Water only when the soil is dry to encourage blooming. During outdoor time, dendrobium kingianum (pink rock lily) enjoys a little sun. But too much exposure will damage the leaves, so giving this orchid a shady spot is best.

Place the pot on a tray of pebbles and water to provide humidity, and keep an eye on the soil; water when only needed. We need to wait for six weeks because that is how long it takes for the blooms to dry on the plant.


If you notice the leaves turning yellow and falling off, this is a sign of too much sun exposure. Move your plant to a shadier location. If the problem persists, check the roots for rot and remove any affected seeds.

Pests are also not common, but mealybugs and spider mites can sometimes be a problem. Mealybugs are small, white, fuzzy insects that suck the sap out of plants. Spider mites are tiny spiders that spin webs on the undersides of leaves. Both pests can be controlled with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How do you get the Dendrobium Kingianum to bloom?

Dendrobium Kingianum is an orchid that is native to Australia. It requires cool to intermediate temperatures and high humidity to bloom and should be kept in a shady spot. The plant can be fertilized with a balanced orchid fertilizer every two weeks from March through September. To get the Dendrobium Kingianum to bloom, you may need to give it a cold treatment. You can do this by placing the plant in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks before returning it to room temperature.

How big does Dendrobium Kingianum get?

Dendrobium Kingianum can grow to be quite large, with blooms that are up to 4 inches wide. The plant size will depend on the growing conditions, with plants grown in warmer and brighter locations tending to be larger than those produced in shadier or more fantastic sites.

How long do Dendrobium Kingianum flowers last?

The flowers can last up to two months, but they will start to wilt after about a week.
Dendrobium Kingianum is a type of orchid that is native to Australia. It has delicate white flowers that bloom throughout the year. The flowers can last up to two months, but they will start to wilt after about a week. Keep them in a cool place, and make sure to water them regularly.

How do you plant Dendrobium Kingianum?

To plant Dendrobium Kingianum, start by removing all of the old potting mix from the pot. Be sure to remove any dead or dried-out roots in the process. Next, place a small amount of fresh potting mix in the bottom of the pot, and then set the orchid in it so that the crown (the point where the stem meets the roots) is level with the top of the soil. After that, fill in around the roots with more fresh potting mix, tamping it down gently as you go. Finally, water thoroughly.

How do you prune a rock lily?

To prune a rock lily, you’ll need to remove the dead flowers and cut back the plant’s stems by about one-third. Make sure to sterilize your shears with alcohol or bleach before you start, and be careful not to damage the plant’s roots while working.

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