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Cypripedium - Laddy Slippers

One of the most popular groups of orchids, Cypripedium (Lady's Slippers) are terrestrial orchids with creeping rhizomes boasting erect racemes of up to 12 supremely beautiful flowers adorned with white, pink, red or purple tepals and a yellow, white, pink or purple pouch. Equally handsome is the soft fan-shaped foliage that is spirally arranged or in opposite pairs. Many species are hardy in temperate gardens, while others are best grown in pots. Particularly easy to grow, most enjoy shaded sites in humus-rich, well-drained soils.

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Cypripedium (Lady Slipper Orchids)

Lady’s slipper orchids are among the most desired of all hardy orchids. Often colorful and striking, these rhizomatous perennials have a distinctive inflated pouch or modified lip (labellum) that resembles a slipper or shoe. The slipper can be as large as a chicken egg or quite small depending on the species. Cypripedium is a genus of terrestrial orchids in the Orchidaceae family. It includes about 50 species, most of them quite hardy, which can be found in America, Europe, and Asia.

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Cypripedium acaule (Pink Lady's Slipper Orchid)

Long-lived (up to 20 years), Cypripedium acaule (Pink Lady's Slipper) is a hardy orchid boasting deep rose, light pink or white flowers with darker pink venation, 2 in. across (5 cm). They feature an inflated pouch backed by lance-shaped, greenish brown sepals and petals that spread out. Blooming from mid spring to mid summer (depending on geographic locations), the sophisticated flowers are borne singly at the top of erect leafless stalks.

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Cypripedium Emil gx (Lady's Slipper Orchid)

Easy to grow, Cypripedium Emil (Lady's Slipper Orchid) is a vigorous hardy orchid noted for its intensely colored flowers. Blooming in late spring, the ravishing blossoms feature a bright yellow pouch surrounded by dark burgundy, twisted sepals. The sophisticated flowers are borne on upright stems above the foliage of oval, prominently veined leaves.

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Cypripedium formosanum (Formosan Lady's Slipper Orchid)

Cypripedium formosanum (Formosan Lady's Slipper Orchid) is a small, hardy orchid boasting two broad fan-like, pleated leaves that grow opposed to each other at the center of a smooth single stem. The slender, glabrous stem produces a white flower, 2.5 in. across (6-7 cm), with broad petals and an inflated, puffy pouch. The slipper-shaped flowers are spotted and mottled with light to dark pink.

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Cypripedium Gisele gx (Lady's Slipper Orchid)

Cypripedium Gisela (Lady's Slipper Orchid) is a deciduous, hardy orchid noted for its vigor and excellent flower production. Blooming in late spring, the striking blossoms feature a large cream pouch with small lines and dots of burgundy, surrounded by a deep burgundy-red upright flag and two petals streaked in burgundy and cream. The flowers are borne on upright stems above the foliage of oval, prominently veined leaves.

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Cypripedium guttatum (Spotted Lady's Slipper Orchid)

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.

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Cypripedium Hank Small gx (Lady's Slipper Orchid)

Cypripedium Hank Small (Lady's Slipper Orchid) is a deciduous, hardy orchid noted for its prominent yellow pouch surrounded by rich burgundy, long and twisted tepals. Blooming in late spring, the ravishing blossoms are borne on upright stems, usually bearing up to two flowers, above the foliage of ovate to elliptic, bright green leaves.

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Cypripedium japonicum (Japanese Lady Slipper Orchid)

Cypripedium japonicum (Japanese Lady Slipper Orchid) is a small, hardy orchid boasting two broad fan-like, pleated leaves that grow opposed to each other at the center of a smooth single stem. The slender, glabrous stem produces a pink flower, 2.5 in. across (6-7 cm), with broad petals and an inflated, puffy pouch. The slipper-shaped flowers are spotted and mottled with purple-red striations and blotches. Blooming from mid-spring to early summer (depending on geographic locations), the plant spreads by underground runners to form nice colonies where happy.

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Cypripedium kentuckiense (Kentucky Lady's Slipper Orchid)

Cypripedium kentuckiense (Kentucky Lady's Slipper Orchid) is a hardy terrestrial orchid boasting one of the largest flowers of any lady’s slippers. Blooming in mid spring to early summer, each blossom features a large, egg-sized, cream to pale yellow pouch surrounded by two twisting, mottled greenish-purple petals and three wavy-edged sepals.

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Cypripedium macranthos (Lady's Slipper Orchid)

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.

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Cypripedium Monto gx (Lady's Slipper Orchid)

Cypripedium Monto (Lady's Slipper Orchid) is a deciduous, hardy orchid noted for its large, egg-sized flowers. Blooming in late spring, the ravishing blossoms feature a spherically-shaped white pouch, often flushed with purple, surrounded by purple and white veined sepals. The sophisticated flowers are borne on upright stems above the foliage of oval, prominently veined leaves.

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Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens (Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid)

Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens (Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid) is a hardy orchid boasting showy flowers with a large, deep lemon-yellow pouch covered with red spots in the throat, topped with green and chocolate-brown petals that twist outwards in spirals. Blooming from late spring to midsummer (depending on geographic locations), the sophisticated flowers are borne at the top of the stems, usually singly, but occasionally in pairs.

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Cypripedium reginae (Showy Lady's Slipper Orchid)

One of the most spectacular and beautiful Lady’s Slippers, Cypripedium reginae (Showy Lady's Slipper Orchid) is a hardy orchid boasting showy white flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), adorned with an inflated pouch usually heavily streaked with pink or magenta. It is backed by white sepals and petals that spread out. Blooming from late spring to midsummer (depending on geographic locations), the sophisticated flowers are borne at the top of the stems, singly or in groups of 2-3.

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Cypripedium Sabine gx (Lady's Slipper Orchid)

Cypripedium Sabine (Lady's Slipper Orchid) is a deciduous, hardy orchid noted for its large, egg-sized flowers. Blooming for about 3 weeks in late spring, the ravishing blossoms feature an ivory-white pouch flushed and striped with purple surrounded by purple and white striped tepals. The sophisticated flowers are borne on upright stems above the foliage of oval, prominently veined leaves.

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Cypripedium tibeticum (Tibetan Lady's Slipper Orchid)

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.

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