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