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CATTLEYA schroederae

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Family

Orchidaceae

Botanical Name

CATTLEYA schroederae

Plant Common Name

Cattleya, Corsage Orchid

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

Having a deliciously sweet aroma, the frilly lavender blooms of Cattleya schroederae have petal lips with an intense yellow-orange disc, occurring in late winter into spring. An epiphytic (growing on another plant) tender perennial orchid from Colombia, Schroeder's corsage orchid will vigorously form a lush, dense cluster upon a tree branch, wood basket or heavy pot in frost-free gardens.

Only one long, stiff, leathery green leaf grows from each slender pseudobulb. It typically grows in two spurts in spring and in summer followed by a dormancy in autumn and winter. In the warming days of late winter into early spring, a pseudobulb will form three to five of its fragrant flowers upon a short fleshy stalk, as many as seven buds on healthy specimen plants. Each large blossom is ruffled and lavender with an unique pink satin sheen. The lip is also ornately ruffled and the throat disc is a bright golden orange with a ring of white.

Grow Cattleya schroederae in nearly full sun to partial sun. No soil can be used; rather the plant can be supported in a coarse bark or charcoal media that allows water to freely drain. High humidity, excellent air circulation, and frequent rainfall in the warmth of spring through fall is ideal. Allow the orchid to be drier and receive more light in autumn and winter. Leaves can scorch in hot afternoon sun, especially with low ambient humidity. Leaves also become overly yellow-green when light is too intense. Lack of sunlight also can prevent flowering.

Use the cut flowers for leis, hair decals, table garnishes or floral arrangements. Blooms last as long as five to six weeks on the plant. Consider repotting this orchid only if it is greatly rootbound, and then only after it finishes flowering and new roots are beginning to elongate.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 9

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Epiphyte

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    14"-20" / 35.6cm - 50.8cm

  • Width

    12"-22" / 30.5cm - 55.9cm

  • Native To

    South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Houseplant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No