Gabriela Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid
Item #: 4615
Zones: 5a to 7b
Dormancy: Winter, Fall
Height: 18" tall
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Cypripedium 'Gabriela' is a 2003 Werner Frosch hybrid that combines two of the largest flowering hardy ladyslipper orchid species together...the US native Cypripedium kentuckiense and the Himalayan Cypripedium fasciolatum. The 18" tall plants are topped in April (NC) with large, egg-like pouches that can either be cream or yellow (each seedling is slightly different). The pouches are backed with chartreuse sepals that are heavily veined purple...very special! Our offerings of Cypripedium 'Gabriela' are all 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.