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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 kentuckiense

Cypripedium kentuckiense

KENTUCKY LADY-SLIPPER or SOUTHERN LADY-SLIPPER

The largest flowered of all the Cyps, with pale yellow blooms on tall stems. The last to bloom for us, starting here in late May into June, lasting for one-and-a-half to three weeks, depending on weather conditions. One of the easiest to grow, over time. C. kentuckiense will form large clumps and persist for years. A native of Kentucky and ranging south to Louisiana, it can be grown successfully as far north as Zone 3. It is the most tolerant of high summer soil temperatures. In the wild it is found growing in rich neutral moist-but-well-drained soil.

Zones 4-8. 15-28 in. Light 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 system.

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Cypripedium Kentuckiense (close)
Cypripedium Kentuckiense (closer)
Cypripedium Kentuckiense (group)
Cypripedium Kentuckiense (large Group)

 
Cypripedium reginae pink

Cypripedium reginae

SHOWY LADY-SLIPPER

Elegant rose-pink and white flowers. Blooms here for us in late May into June starting just before C. kentuckiense. Large plants may offer a succession of blooms lasting up to three weeks. Not the easiest of the lady-slippers to grow, but really not that difficult if given the right placement. Native from Newfoundland to Saskatchewan, North Dakota, and as far south as Missouri and Alabama. Historically a disjunct community was reported in western China. In the wild it is usually found growing in cool moist-to-wet neutral or limestone soils in open fens and bog (always above the water table), as well as moist rich wooded slopes and around seeps. When found in wet sites the conditions are highly oxygenated, never stagnant.

Zones 3-7. 13-24 in. Part sun, moist rich well-drained neutral soil that does not dry out. High open shade, cool moist (but not wet or stagnant) soil, with around a neutral pH. We are offering 4 to 5 year old plants that should bloom the first year but may require an additional year.

A tip for handling this plant: The short coarse leaf hairs of the Showy Lady-slipper are reported to cause dermatitis similar to poison ivy for some people. Although we have never had a problem or know anyone that has, care may be advised in handling plants during the summer growing season.

We are offering 3 sizes:

  • XL Blooming-sized multi-stemmed plants with with at least one large blooming stem and well-developed root systems.
  • Blooming-sized plants with at least one blooming stem and well-developed root system
  • SOLD OUT Near-Blooming/Blooming-sized plants are smaller and have buds that are too hard to tell if they're going to bloom or not.

 

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Cypripedium Reginae Pink (front)
Cypripedium Reginae Pink (garden 1)
Cypripedium Reginae Pink (garden 2)
Cypripedium Reginae Pink (nursery Bed)

 

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 'Aki '

Cypripedium 'Aki'

(C. macranthos x C. pubescens)

This hybrid form tends to have very large flowers with light pink pouches and burgundy and cream streaked petals and sepals. Flower size and color does vary somewhat. We have seen some variation in our new batches that include light and dark pink, even some creamy yellow streaked with pink. It is the first to bloom here at the nursery with C. 'Gisela' flowering just behind it.

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

We are offering Near-Blooming-sized plants with a well-developed root system and are at least 1-2 years away from blooming.

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Cypripedium 'Aki '  (growing In Bed 2)
Cypripedium 'Aki '  (close Up)
Cypripedium 'Aki '  (growing In Bed)

 
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 triple cross of 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 Franklin 1
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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.

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Cypripedium Gidget 1

 
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 joyce

Cypripedium 'Joyce'

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

Another triple cross hybrid. 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 Joyce 1
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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

Are you looking for CYPRIPEDIUM PUBESCENS? This is the next best thing, possibly even better. "Better than pubescens," you say "how?" Well, it is a very vigorous and lovely hybrid with a large yellow pouch and beautiful light-brown hood and tendrils. It is indistiguishable from Cypripedium pubescens to the untrained and most trained eyes, and, the best part, with henryi as a parent, there is always a possibility that mature plants could have two flowers per stalk. In fact, we saw one in our stock last year!

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

We are offering 2 sizes:

  • XXL Blooming-sized multi-stemmed plants with at least 2-3 blooming stems and well-developed root system
  • XL Blooming-sized multi-stemmed plants with at least 1 large blooming-sized stem and well-developed root system.
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Cypripedium Kristi Lyn 2

 
Cypripedium Laila

Cypripedium 'Laila'

Cypripedium macranthos x C. x andrewsii (where C. x andrewsii = C. candidum x C. parviflorum)

Laila has turned out to be a very nice surprise--- the reason why we like trying 'tri' crosses. Its looks are dominated by the macranthos with a medium-sized deep burgundy, streaked pouch. It has deep burgundy tendrils and its vigorous growth habit comes from the mixing of all three forms. It blooms mid-season. This is a rare find and our stock is quite limited.

Zones 3-6. 12-18 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 Laila (another View)
Cypripedium Laila 2
Cypripedium Laila 3

 
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.

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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 rita alba x xcolumbianum

Cypripedium 'Rita Alba x xColumbianum

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(C. andrewsii x C. parfiflorum) x (C. montanum x C. pubescens)

Rita is a cross between a small parviflorum var. makasin, that we've had around the nursery since the mid 1990s and C. candidum. We've done many crosses with it and here's another one. This time we've crossed her with C. x columbianum which is a naturally occurring hybrid between C. montanum and C. pubescens. So basically, it's a quadruple cross made up of 2 yellow and 2 white lady-slippers. We've only seen a couple bloom and there is some variation. They will likely be a creamy yellow to white with tan to burgundy tendrils and hood. If you're looking for something new with a bit of mystery and a lot of hybrid vigor, this is the plant for you!

Zones 3-6. 8-10 in. Light shade, cool moist rich well-drained soil.

We are offering Near-bloomingplants that have a well developed root system and are at least 1-2 years away from blooming.

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Cypripedium selston

Cypripedium 'Selston'

(C. fasciolatum x C. candidum)

Another beautiful hybrid. It has a creamy flower with maroon tendrils. Some in our beds have been coming up more yellow than creamy in color. See photos. Color depends on which genes are expressed and possibly who pollinated first, us or the bees. 

Zones 4-6. 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 Selston 1
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Cypripedium Victoria

Cypripedium 'Victoria'

(C. pubescens x C. fasciolatum)

This yellow lady-slipper is a striking plant. It has a bit of a bigger pouch than C. pubescens and is a creamier yellow color. The tendrils are a nice burgundy.

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

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

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Cypripedium Victoria (example 2)
Cypripedium Victoria (closer)
Cypripedium Victoria (parent Plants)

 
Cypripedium fasciolatum x c kentuckiense x c candidum

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

New!
Cypripedium fasciolatum x (C. kentuckiense x C. candidum)

The cross C. kentuckiense x C. candidum that we made several years ago is one of our favorites, so we have been using it to cross with other plants to make new hybrids. This new offering is one of those crosses. C. fasciolatum is a beautiful large-slippered yellow and crossed with the white kentuckiense x candidum, we get a plant that is a creamy yellow and  will likely have a good-sized slipper and burgundy striped hood and 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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