Cypripedium 'Frosch Harlequin'
Frosch Harlequin Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid
Item #: 17333
Zones: 4a to 7a
Dormancy: Winter, Fall
Height: 14" tall
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Cypripedium 'Frosch Harlequin' is a exceptional clonal selection of Cypripedium 'Hans Erni', a 2004 Werner Frosch introduction...a cross of Cypripedium franchetii and Cypripedium calceolus. Cypripedium 'Frosch Harlequin' forms a compact, sturdy 14" tall specimen, topped in early May (NC) with large burgundy and white pouches backed by similar colored sepals. The pouch color is white in warm climates, but has a yellow overtone in cooler conditions. All of our cypripediums are flowering-sized plants.
Lady slipper orchids are maintenance free in the garden once they are established in the correct growing conditions.
Cypripedium prefer soils that are very well drained, and rich in compost. In containers, we like to add Permatill (popped slate) or a Pumice like product. Average moisture levels are great, but be certain soils do not remain waterlogged.
Lady slipper orchids are woodland plants, and most species do not have any sun tolerance. We have found that light, high shade is ideal.
Planting is critical, as roots must be spread horizontally just below the soil surface and not stuck deep in the ground as is the case with virtually all other plants. The growth bud should be planted just below the soil surface.
Bees are the primary pollinators for lady slipper orchids, since orchids have a complex pollination mechanism built into the flowers.