Cattleya x hardyana


Cattleya x hardyana is an epiphytic growing, pink-dark-red flowered, natural orchid hybrid, a crossing between Cattleya dowiana (seed parent) and Cattleya warscewiczii (pollen parent). The showy, fragrant flowers get a size of about 15 cm in diameter. Flowering period: August. In addition to the natural hybrid, there are a few manmade Hardyana hybrids, as Cattleya (synonym: Laeliocattleya) Hardyana (1895) a crossing between C. warscewiczii and C. purpurata or Cattleya Hardyana (1899) a hybrid from C. aclandiae and C. coccinea, both developed and registered with the Royal Horticultural Society by George Hardy,
an English orchid enthusiast and breeder.

Cattleya x hardyana and the Hardyana hybrids had and still have an enormous impact on the breeding of Cattleya hybrids, using it as a parent. The Hardyana hybrids require warm temperatures,
a lot of sun and a good air movement. Cattleya x hardyana is a vigorous growing plant and is considered as easy-to-care. The large-flowered Hardyana type orchid hybrids, available in several colours,
can be recommended for orchid beginners.

Cattleya Hardyana
Flower Photography © Orchids
Image: Cattleya x hardyana
Photographer: Kitisak “Nat” Jaidee

Cattleya and Cattleya related orchid hybrids at Orchids

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