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Cypripedium Orchids

Cypripediums (Lady-Slippers)

Lady-Slippers (Cypripedium) are a stunning group of hardy orchids, and one of the easiest of the hardy orchids to grow. In the shade garden they put on a yearly show that is unmatched - a celebration of spring that often stops one in one's tracks. Their blooms are ancient and seem to have the power to stir something deep inside us.

For many years, and even today, there persists the notion that lady-slipper orchids are too difficult to grow and should be left to the experts. With the availability of nursery propagated plants, (and when one starts with plants from a reliable source) this is no longer the case. With proper care in planting and site location (as with any perennial you value), Lady-Slippers will not only grow, but over time will form large clumps which tend to be very long-lived.

If you're interested in trying to grow lady-slippers but are unsure, we recommend starting with one of the easier forms and then see how it goes for you. Of our list below all are relatively easy except for Cyp. reginae. Much of our business over the years has been from repeat customers, many of whom have started slow and have gone on to build large collections.

Please Note: These are NOT tropical orchids.

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Cypripedium candidum

Cypripedium candidum

SMALL WHITE LADY-SLIPPER

Cypripedium candidum is a North American native. A little smaller than a yellow lady-slipper flower, it has a white pouch and greenish -yellow tendrils streaked with brown.

Zones 3-6. 16-24 in. Light shade, cool moist rich well-drained alkaline soil.

We are offering 2 sizes:

  • Blooming-sized plants have at least one large blooming stem and well-developed root system.
  • Near-Blooming plants have a well-developed root system and are at least 1-2 years away from blooming.
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Cypripedium Candidum In Bed

 
Cypripedium parviflora

Cypripedium parviflorum var. parviflorum

SMALL YELLOW LADY-SLIPPER

Small deep yellow flowers with brown veining and long brown to black corkscrew sepals. Often bifloral (two flowers per stem). This small northern form, often called the Yellow Moccasin Flower, will form large clumps over time. They usually start blooming here a little later than Cyp. pubescens with some overlapping. Because it is an overall smaller plant, these can have some smaller root systems so we don't recommend them for beginners. If you've had success with other lady-slippers and are ready to spread your wings, it would be a nice addition to your collection!

Zones 3-7. 12-14 in. Light to part shade, moist rich well-drained soil, with approximately neutral pH.

We are offering Blooming-sized plants with at least one large blooming stem and well-developed root systems.

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Cypripedium Parviflora (side View)
Cypripedium Parviflora (flowering As Bi Floral)
Cypripedium Parviflora (dark Tendrils)
Cypripedium Parviflora (dark Seedling)

 

Cypripediums: Hybrids (Hybrid Lady-slippers)

While the purists often gravitate to growing the species, there's a lot to be said for the value of hybrids in the garden. All the same qualities of the species still apply here but, for many, we also have the addition of some new colors along with hybrid vigor. 

We are also really excited about a number of new multi-cross hybrids coming along.  These plants have exceptional vigor which makes them a bit easier to grow in the garden.  

Cypripedium anna beckman

Cypripedium 'Anna Beckman'

Cypripedium kentuckiense x C. x columbianum (where x columbianum = C. montanum x C. pubescens)

This is a new tripple cross for us. We didn't get a good picture this spring, but we did have some bloom and the pouch is a very light yellow with light brown tendrils. It is a medium sized bloom that emerges mid-season between the early varieties like Gisela and the later varieties like C. kentuckiense and C. reginae.

Zones 4-7. 12-16 in. Light shade, cool, moist, rich well-drained soil.

We are offering 2 sizes:

  • Blooming-sized plants have at least one large blooming stem and well-developed root system.
  • Near-Blooming plants have a well-developed root system and are at least 1-2 years away from blooming.
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Cypripedium franklin

Cypripedium 'Franklin'

Cypripedium x columbianum x C. macranthos (where x columbianum = C. montanum x C. pubescens)

We love the multiple crosses because of the vigor and ease of growing they provide. This is another new tripple cross three very nice plants. The result is a medium-sized light pink bloom with darker pink tendrils.

Zones 4-6. 12-16 in. Light shade, cool, moist, rich well-drained soil.

We are offering 2 sizes:

  • Blooming-sized plants have at least one large blooming stem and well-developed root system.
  • Near-Blooming plants have a well-developed root system and are at least 1-2 years away from blooming.
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Cypripedium gidget

Cypripedium 'Gidget'

Cypripedium henryi x C. candidum

Gidget is a very cute yet vigorous white flowered hybrid. Stems can be bi- or tri-floral and most of these have more than one stem. They will form nice clumps quickly. They are a creamy white with brown tendrils and hood.

Zones 4-6. 10-16 in. Light shade, cool, moist, rich well-drained soil.

We are offering 2 sizes:

  • Blooming-sized plants have at least one large blooming stem and well-developed root system.
  • Near-Blooming plants have a well-developed root system and are at least 1-2 years away from blooming.
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Cypripedium Gisela regular

Cypripedium 'Gisela'

(C. macranthos x C. parviflorum)

Registered in 1991, this hybrid has proven the test of time. It has that robust hybrid vigor, and is just maybe the easiest cyp to grow. The flower buds start out yellow, then turn burgundy red with varying streaks of creamy yellow as they mature. The petals and sepals are a deep burgundy with a touch of yellow. To see some of the variation in color click 'view additional images here' below.

Zones 3-6. 12-16 in. Light shade, cool moist rich well-drained soil.

We are offering 2 sizes:

  • Blooming-sized plants have at least one large blooming stem and well-developed root system.
  • Near-Blooming plants have a well-developed root system and are at least 1-2 years away from blooming

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Cypripedium Gisela Regular (2)
Cypripedium Gisela Regular (3)
Cypripedium Gisela Regular (4)
Cypripedium Gisela Regular (growing In Garden)

 
Cypripedium janet

Cypripedium 'Janet'

(Cypripedium kentuckiense x C. candidum) x C. macranthos

A new medium-sized tripple cross hybrid this year. This cross seems to come with some variation in color. The blooms can range from light yellow to various shades of pink with dark pink to burgundy tendrils. All are beautiful.

Zones 4-7. 12-16 in. Light shade, cool, moist, rich well-drained soil.

We are offering 2 sizes:

  • Blooming-sized plants have at least one large blooming stem and well-developed root system.
  • Near-Blooming plants have a well-developed root system and are at least 1-2 years away from blooming.
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Cypripedium joyce

Cypripedium 'Joyce'

Cypripedium x flavillinianum x C. macranthos (where x flavillinianum = C. pubescens x C. candidum)

Another new tripple cross hybrid for us this year. We've seen it flower a couple years now and it's a very nice plant with good vigor. There is some variation among the flowers, but for the most part it is a medium-sized light to dark pink slightly elongated slipper with darker pink tendrils.

Zones 4-6. 12-16 in. Light shade, cool, moist, rich well-drained soil.

We are offering 2 sizes:

  • Blooming-sized plants have at least one large blooming stem and well-developed root system.
  • Near-Blooming plants have a well-developed root system and are at least 1-2 years away from blooming.
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Cypripedium hyb kentuckiense x candidum

Cypripedium 'kentuckiense x candidum'

Cypripedium kentuckiense x C. candidum

This is one of our favorite lady-slippers here at the nursery. The pouch is a glossy white on the outside with burgundy streaks along the inside ridges. The hood and tendrils are a dark burgundy, almost brown. The bloom size is about halfway between the two parents, making it close to the same size as a C. pubescens.

Zones 4-7. 12-16 in. Light shade, cool, moist, rich well-drained soil.

We are offering 2 sizes:

  • Blooming-sized plants have at least one large blooming stem and well-developed root system.
  • Near-Blooming plants have a well-developed root system and are at least 1-2 years away from blooming.
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Cypripedium Hyb Kentuckiense X Candidum (another View)
Cypripedium Hyb Kentuckiense X Candidum (in Bed)

 
Cypripedium kristi lyn

Cypripedium 'Kristi Lyn'

Cypripedium pubescens x C. henryi

A very vigorous and lovely hybrid with a large yellow pouch and beautiful light-brown hood and tendrils. Looks very similar to Cypripedium pubescens, and with henryi as a parent, there is always a possibility that mature plants could have two flowers per stalk.

Zones 3-6. 16-20 in. Light shade, cool moist rich well-drained soil.

We are offering 2 sizes:

  • SOLD OUT Blooming-sized plants have at least one large blooming stem and well-developed root system.
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Cypripedium Kristi Lyn 2

 
Cypripedium Michael regular

Cypripedium 'Michael'

(C. henryi x C. macranthos)

This is a hybrid between the purple-flowered C. macranthos and the yellow tri-flowered C. henryi. Many of the plants are bi-flowered and there are a few tri-flowered plants, in colors of soft creamy yellows to light pinks,also mixed pink and yellow---all are nice.

Zones 5-6. 12-16 in. Light shade, cool moist well-drained soil with lime added and a mulch cover.

We are offering 2 sizes:

  • Blooming-sized plants have at least one large blooming stem and well-developed root system.
  • Near-Blooming plants have a well-developed root system and are at least 1-2 years away from blooming.
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Cypripedium Michael Regular (group Side View)
Cypripedium Michael Regular (close)
Cypripedium Michael Regular (group)
Cypripedium Michael Regular (in Growing Bed)

 
Cypripedium mudgie

Cypripedium 'Mudgie'

(Cypripedium kentuckiense x candidum) x C. x columbianum

If you thought we liked tripple crosses, well here's one we like even more - a quadurple cross! We see a lot of vigor with plants that are crossed with C. x columbianum as well as those with C. candidum and this plant has both. It has a medium-sized white pouch with dark burgundy/brown tentril and hood.

Zones 4-7. 10-16 in. Light shade, cool, moist, rich well-drained soil.

We are offering 2 sizes:

  • Blooming-sized plants have at least one large blooming stem and well-developed root system.
  • Near-Blooming plants have a well-developed root system and are at least 1-2 years away from blooming.
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Cypripedium Mudgie 1
Cypripedium Mudgie 2

 
Cypripedium Philipp

Cypripedium 'Philipp'

(C. macranthos x C. kentuckiense)

The flowers of this particular (macranthos X kentuckiense) hybrid are the shape and size of kentuckiense but the color is a soft pink to light purple (darker in cold weather, lighter in warmer weather) and the sepals and petals tend to be a rich burgundy. This is a tall, large-leafed plant that is very heat tolerant and easy to grow. Blooms mid season before C. kentuckiense.

Zones 3-7. 12-18 in. Light shade, cool moist rich well-drained soil, with approximately neutral ph.

We are offering 2 sizes:

  • Blooming-sized plants have at least one large blooming stem and well-developed root system.
  • Near-Blooming plants have a well-developed root system and are at least 1-2 years away from blooming.
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Cypripedium Philipp (cluster)
Cypripedium Philipp (close Up Single)
Cypripedium Philipp (large Group)
Cypripedium Philipp (large Stand)

 
Cypripedium hyb PKP x MAC

Cypripedium 'Wilson'

'((C. pubescens x C. kentuckiense) x C. pubescens)) x Macranthos'

Another experimental cross, this quadruple cross also has great hybrid vigor. They are very similar to C. 'Philipp' and like Philipp the pink can vary from a light faded pink to a darker almost magenta. In some of our newer batches we have seen some variation in pouch color to include light to dark pink and even some creamy yellow. The pictures below show this variation.

Zones 4-7. 12-16 in. Light shade, cool, moist, rich well-drained soil.

We are offering 2 sizes:

  • Blooming-sized plants have at least one large blooming stem and well-developed root system.
  • Near-Blooming plants have a well-developed root system and are at least 1-2 years away from blooming

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Cypripedium Hyb PKP X MAC 2
Cypripedium Hyb PKP X MAC 3
Cypripedium Hyb PKP X MAC 4