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Cypripedium tibeticum (Tibetan Lady's Slipper Orchid)

Tibetan Lady's Slipper Orchid, Cypripedium compactum, Cypripedium corrugatum, Cypripedium corrugatum v. obesum, Cypripedium lanuginosum, Cypripedium macranthum v. corrugatum, Cypripedium macranthum v. tibeticum.


Cypripedium tibeticum (Tibetan Lady's Slipper Orchid) is a hardy terrestrial orchid forming a small clump of up to 3-4 pubescent elliptic to nearly ovate leaves. In spring, charming flowers are borne, usually one per stem, atop a thick, glabrous stem that can reach reach 14 in. The blossoms feature a highly corrugated pouch, richly flushed with burgundy, backed by boldly striated sepals and petals. Native to the high mountain meadows, scrub forests, and forest margins of Bhutan, Sikkim, and China, Tibetan Lady's Slipper Orchid can form sizable colonies, with dozens of flowering plants, or simply grow here and there in small groups. To thrive, this hardy orchid requires a long winter rest and does not tolerate winter wetness. It needs to be kept cool and moist in summer and cold and dry in winter.

  • Grows up to 8-12 in. tall(20-30 cm).
  • Thrives in very bright shade in moist, sharply-drained soils. This plant does not like acidic conditions. Fertilizing can be done throughout the growing season. Keep the soil dry in winter.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Native to Bhutan, Sikkim, and China (Gansu, Guizhou, Sichuan, Tibet, Yunnan).

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 7
Plant Type Orchids, Perennials
Plant Family Cypripedium - Laddy Slippers
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 8" – 1' (20cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, 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 4 – 7
Plant Type Orchids, Perennials
Plant Family Cypripedium - Laddy Slippers
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 8" – 1' (20cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, 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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