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Phragmipedium caudatum

Lady's slipper orchid

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Features

  • BloomsJune
  • Height0.4m to 0.65m
  • Spread0.5m to 0.65m
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourRed green orange yellow
  • Leaf ColourPale green

Description

Phragmipedium caudatum (Lady's slipper orchid). This species produces strap-like leaves about 60cm long they are arranged in 2 ranks like a fan, on short rhizomes. The flowers are 60 cm tall and bears up to 6 large flowers.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Orchid, Epiphytic or Lithophytic

Other common names

Orchid

Origin

Mexico to Peru

Interest and use

Grown for their beautiful and unusual flowers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

You must plant in loose, very free-draining soil with light shade. You can propagate by dividing immediately after flowering or from seed.

Propagation

You can propagate by dividing immediately after flowering or from seed. You can also use older leafless pseudobulbs which can be removed for replanting, or from new growth which may appear from the bottom of the plant.

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