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Cypripedium Gisele gx (Lady's Slipper Orchid)

Gisele Lady's Slipper Orchid, Frosh Garden Orchids


Cypripedium Gisela (Lady's Slipper Orchid) is a deciduous, hardy orchid noted for its vigor and excellent flower production. Blooming in late spring, the striking blossoms feature a large cream pouch with small lines and dots of burgundy, surrounded by a deep burgundy-red upright flag and two petals streaked in burgundy and cream. The flowers are borne on upright stems above the foliage of oval, prominently veined leaves. Gisela is an orchid hybrid from Germany's Werner Frosch that results from a cross between the Chinese Cypripedium macranthos and the North American Cypripedium parviflorum var. parviflorum. Incredibly cold-hardy, this Cypripedium orchid can tolerate temperatures as low as -22°F (-30°C). Robust, it will form a big charming clump over time. Perfect for the shady garden or patio containers.

  • Grows up to 14-18 in. tall and wide (35-45 cm).
  • Thrives in part shade (ideally with some morning sun) in moist, fertile, humus-rich, slightly alkaline, well-drained soils. Site in a sheltered location. Regular fertilizing is required for vigorous growth.
  • Excellent choice for borders, city gardens, cottage gardens, underplanting shrubs and roses and containers.
  • Propagate by division in early or mid-spring and replant immediately. Some of the soil from the root ball, which contains beneficial fungi, should be planted with each division.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for slugs and gray moulds.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 7
Plant Type Orchids, Perennials
Plant Family Cypripedium - Laddy Slippers
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 7
Plant Type Orchids, Perennials
Plant Family Cypripedium - Laddy Slippers
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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