Hillside Nursery

Growers of Lady-Slipper Orchids and select Woodland Wildflowers.

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 pubescens

Cypripedium pubescens

LARGE YELLOW LADY-SLIPPER

Large deep-yellow flowers with long yellow-to-brown corkscrew lateral petals. Probably the easiest native orchid to grow, it will form large clumps of over 20 blooms in time when happy. It is the first species cyp to bloom in late April or early May here for us, blooming over a 2-3 week period. Native from Minnesota to the Canadian Maritimes in the north, and south from Missouri to Georgia. In the south it is usually found in cool rich woods and coves where there is shade most of the day, though in the north it is often found in more open conditions, sometimes in full sun. In the wild it grows in both sub-acid and circumneutral soil, and with a more moderate moisture supply than the other Lady-slippers.

Zones 3-7. 14-24 in. Light to part shade, moist rich well-drained soil, with approximately neutral pH.

We are offering 2 sizes:

  • Extra Large (XL) 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 Pubescens (close Up) 3
Cypripedium Pubescens (close Up) 2
Cypripedium Pubescens (close Up)
Cypripedium Pubescens (clump Top View)

 
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. 18-30 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.

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

 
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.

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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'

New!
(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 Janet 1

 
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:

  • 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 Kristi Lyn 2

 
Cypripedium margaret

Cypripedium 'Margaret'

New!
(Cypripedium kentuckiense x C. candidum) x C. 'Rita Alba'

The Rita Alba in this cross is a variation on Cypripedium x andrewsii where the parviflorum of that cross is from a woman's garden. A woman named Rita. She had a makasin form of Cypripedium parviflorum var. parviflorum from Vermont. When we crossed it with C. candidum we named the resulting plant after her.

These are nice small to medium lady-slippers that mostly have white pouches and dark tendrils, however we have seen some variation with a light yellow pouch here and there. This is another quadruple cross so expect good vigor with these plants as well.

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 Margaret 1
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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:

  • SOLD OUT 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 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 pubescens x pkparv

Cypripedium 'Pubescens x PKParv'

C. Pubescens x ((C. pubescens x C. kentuckiense) x C. parviflorum var. makasin)

We croseed Pubescens with PKParv which is a tri-cross between the three eastern North American yellow lady-slippers. The first cross, PK, has been an outstanding plant from carefully selected parentage. To this, we have added a strong-growing C. parviflorum var. makasin with a deep yellow pouch and dark brown, spiraled tendrils.

The resulting quadruple crosses are somewhat variable plants with medium-sized yellow blooms and a vigorous growth habit. It blooms mid-season.

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

We are offering 2 sizes:

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

 
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.

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

 
Cypripedium x Colombianum

Cypripedium x columbianum

(C. pubescens x C. montanum)

Cyp columbianum is a natural hybrid between Cyp pubescens and C. montanum. It has a creamy white or light yellow pouch with light to dark brown tendrils and is a mid-season bloomer.

Zones 2-7. 12-18 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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