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Cypripedium macranthos (Lady's Slipper Orchid)

Lady's Slipper Orchid, Cypripedium macranthon


Cypripedium macranthos (Lady's Slipper Orchid) is a hardy terrestrial orchid with oblong, alternate, slightly hairy leaves and pink-mauve flowers in late spring and early summer. The charming blossoms are borne, single or in pairs, atop upright stems. They feature a large violet to reddish-purple pouch backed by darker veined sepals. Native to China, Russia, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, Cypripedium macranthos is very hardy and will survive the winter, even when exposes to -22°F (-30°C).

  • Grows up to 20 in. tall (50 cm).
  • Thrives in partial shade in moist, almost neutral, well-drained soils. The plant should be watered abundantly during the growing season. Reduce watering in the fall and winter. Fertilize on a weekly basis with 1/4-1/2 of the recommended dose of fertilizer for orchids. Provide a thick layer of mulch in the fall.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Native to China, Russia, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 7
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Plant Type Orchids, Perennials
Plant Family Cypripedium - Laddy Slippers
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 7
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Plant Type Orchids, Perennials
Plant Family Cypripedium - Laddy Slippers
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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