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Paphiopedilum (Slipper Orchids)

Slipper Orchids, Venus Slipper Orchid, Lady Slipper Orchid, Paphs


Originating in the jungles of the Far East including Indonesia, Paphiopedilum (Slipper Orchids) are semi-terrestrial orchids, growing in humus and other material on the forest floor, on cliffs in pockets of humus and occasionally in trees. Paphiopedilums are called Slipper Orchids because of their unique floral pouch. Resilient and easy to grow in the home, they are probably the easiest orchids to rebloom, or at least to keep alive.

Paphiopedilum lack pseudobulbs and produce short stems with strap-shaped leathery leaves.

Each stem ends in a solitary flower or racemes of 2-8 blossoms each with a distinctive slipper-shaped lip or pouch. The flowers exist in a myriad of colors and patterns and many with fascinating spots, warts, stripes and hairs, adding delightful features to their wonderful look.

Slipper Orchids usually flower from November to March, but flowers can appear at any time of the year. The blossoms last up to three months, and may need support with a stake.Paphiopedilum are fairly easy to grow in the home or in the greenhouse. Adaptable, they are perfect for the beginner gardener.

Guide Information

Hardiness 9 - 12
Plant Type Orchids
Plant Family Paphiopedilum - Slipper Orchids
Exposure Partial Sun
Height 4" - 2' (10cm - 60cm)
Spread 4" - 2' (10cm - 60cm)
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 9 - 12
Plant Type Orchids
Plant Family Paphiopedilum - Slipper Orchids
Exposure Partial Sun
Height 4" - 2' (10cm - 60cm)
Spread 4" - 2' (10cm - 60cm)
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
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