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Showy lady’s slipper

Cypripedium reginae

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This terrestrial orchid has 3 to 7 oval to lance-shaped leaves. Unusual flowers almost 4 inches long, with a rose-pink floral globe under a pair of twisted petals, are borne singly or in pairs on upright stems in summer.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsSuitable for a shady rock garden or woodland garden. Native to eastern North America.

CareGrow in moist, fertile, leafy, humus-rich soil that is neutral to acidic. Prefers a sheltered site with light dappled shade or partial shade.

PropagationDivide carefully in early or mid-spring and replant immediately. Plant some of the soil from the root ball with each division.

ProblemsGray mold (Botrytis), rust, Cercospora leaf spot, and slug damage.

  • Genus : Cypripedium
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Light : Partial Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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