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12 Most Popular Orchids

Here are 12 of the most popular orchids commonly available today. Fairly easy to grow, they are good choices for novice and experienced growers.

Cypripedium (Lady Slipper Orchids)

Lady’s slipper orchids are among the most desired of all hardy orchids. Often colorful and striking, these rhizomatous perennials have a distinctive inflated pouch or modified lip (labellum) that resembles a slipper or shoe. The slipper can be as large as a chicken egg or quite small depending on the species. Cypripedium is a genus of terrestrial orchids in the Orchidaceae family. It includes about 50 species, most of them quite hardy, which can be found in America, Europe, and Asia.

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