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Cypripedium guttatum (Spotted Lady's Slipper Orchid)

Spotted Lady's Slipper, Spotted Lady’s-slipper


Cypripedium guttatum (Spotted Lady's Slipper Orchid) is a hardy terrestrial orchid boasting distinctive flowers with purple spots and blotches on their sepals, petals and inflated pouch. Blooming from early to mid summer, the sophisticated flowers are borne, singly or in pairs, atop upright stems bearing 2 ovate to elliptic, ribbed, bright green leaves. Ravishing, this plant spreads by creeping rhizomes to form a charming colony in favorable conditions. Cypripedium guttatum is widely distributed across Asia and found in Alaska, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories, where it grows in moist to dry open deciduous and spruce forests, slopes and banks, tundra, and meadows.

  • Grows up to 4-14 in. tall (10-35 cm).
  • Thrives in part shade in moist to dry, well-drained soils
  • Excellent choice for borders, cottage gardens and containers.
  • Propagate by division in early or mid-spring and replant immediately. Some of the soil from the root ball, which contains beneficial fungi, should be planted with each division.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for slugs and gray moulds.
  • Native to Belarus, Russia, China, Korea, Mongolia, Bhutan, Alaska and northern Canada.

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 4
Plant Type Orchids, Perennials
Plant Family Cypripedium - Laddy Slippers
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Alaska
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 4
Plant Type Orchids, Perennials
Plant Family Cypripedium - Laddy Slippers
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Alaska
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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