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Cypripedium x ventricosum (Lady's Slipper Orchid)

Cypripedium Ventricosum gx, Cypripedium Vintri gx, Cypripedium x barbeyi


Cypripedium x ventricosum (Lady's Slipper Orchid) is a deciduous, hardy orchid noted for its showy deep pink flowers. Blooming in mid to late spring, the ravishing blossoms feature a white pouch heavily veined and speckled with deep pink and purple surrounded by purple-striped tepals. The sophisticated flowers are borne singly or in pairs, atop upright stems above the foliage of ovate, parallel-veined leaves. Cypripedium x ventricosum is an orchid hybrid that combines the European Cypripedium calceolus and the Siberian Cypripedium macranthos. Vigorous and beautiful, it is perfect for shaded gardens or patio containers.

  • Grows up to 12-18 in. tall and wide (30-45 cm).
  • Thrives in part shade (ideally with some morning sun) in moist, fertile, humus-rich, slightly alkaline, well-drained soils. Site in a sheltered location. Provide an annual winter mulch of leaf mould.
  • Excellent choice for borders, city gardens, cottage gardens, underplanting shrubs and roses 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.

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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 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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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 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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