In nature Neofinetia falcata occurs mostly as white flowered plants, but some individuals can have purple flushing, sometimes just on the flower’s spur (the downward extended and curved part that contains the nectar) and occasionally this color can extend to most of the flower, in particular the sepals and petals. Other forms can be found with green flowers, again, mostly in the sepals, petals, and spurs. No confirmed yellow flowers have been found yet, although many dealers claim to have true wild collected yellow flowered plants. I’ll speak more about that later. The discussion here is about some of the more common colored flowered fuukiran.
The first group are the purple flowered forms. All of these are claimed to be at one time wild collected and nowadays are propagated though division and also from seeds. One of the most common and easy to flower is Benisuzume. This one clumps very quickly and it is always generous about flowering too. Its flowers are on the small side and usually are just a pastel pinkish purple. The lip is totally white.
Shutennou is one of the most famous of the purple flowered forms. It originally was from Shikoku and wild collected plants were slow to grow from division. Plants propagated from seed today are fast growers and clump well. I’ve found it easy to flower, but I don’t get as many spikes as on Benisuzume. An interesting plant from the island of Shikoku is Shikoku Akabana. The only negative thing I can say about this one is that it is slow to clump. Tougen is an older form with lovely curving purple spurs. It seems easy to grow and flower, yet remarkably not well known or grown given its charms.