Photo by Melody
Guess what time it is? It's time for the DG County Fair! Now in it's sixth year, enter your blue-ribbon photos or mouth-watering recipes for a chance to win a gift subscription! Click here here to get all the details, dates and entry rules.

PlantFiles: Species Orchid, Showy Lady's Slipper Orchid, Queen's Lady's Slipper, Cypripedium
Cypripedium reginae

bookmark
Family: Orchidaceae (or-kid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cypripedium (sip-rih-PEE-dee-um) (Info)
Species: reginae (ree-JIN-ay-ee) (Info)

Synonym:Calceolus reginae
Synonym:Cypripedium album
Synonym:Cypripedium canadense
Synonym:Cypripedium spectabile

One vendor has this plant for sale.

38 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Perennials

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Danger:
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Click thumbnail
to view:

By Todd_Boland
Thumbnail #1 of Cypripedium reginae by Todd_Boland

By GoLonny
Thumbnail #2 of Cypripedium reginae by GoLonny

By DaylilySLP
Thumbnail #3 of Cypripedium reginae by DaylilySLP

By kmenzel
Thumbnail #4 of Cypripedium reginae by kmenzel

By kmenzel
Thumbnail #5 of Cypripedium reginae by kmenzel

By revclaus
Thumbnail #6 of Cypripedium reginae by revclaus

By boojum
Thumbnail #7 of Cypripedium reginae by boojum

There are a total of 16 photos.
Click here to view them all!

Profile:

5 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive QCHammy On Jul 8, 2011, QCHammy from San Tan Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

My grandfather received this plant when the state was building a new highway and they would have been destroyed. He grew them in his garden for many years with no problems. A few years ago he moved to a different house and took them with him. He continues to grow the same plants that he received many years ago with no special care. Too bad I can't grow this plant where I live.

Positive ms_peteshill On Apr 23, 2011, ms_peteshill from Orient, NY wrote:

I have seen this plant growing wild in the Shenandoah
National Park in VA. I usually camp around Big Meadow,
so they're in that area.

Positive timirain On Apr 12, 2011, timirain from Ball Ground, GA wrote:

My father lives in Rome, GA and has great success with Lady Slipper's. He originally started out with 2-3 that he purchased through a reputable mail order catalog and now, 7 years later, he has approx. 20 to 25 plants. His main enemy are the deer that live in his woods!

I have seen yellow Lady Slipper's also. Are they not native to GA?
Thanks,
timirain

Negative wncwildflower1 On Apr 11, 2011, wncwildflower1 from Asheville, NC wrote:

As a supporter of native plants I strongly encourage you to research this species before purchasing and know that often the typical garden cannot support it. I was on a sanctioned native plant rescue, in February, that had the proper paper work from the state Dept. of Natural Resources to remove C. acaule from a site that was going to be destroyed. My home garden had almost exactly the same habitat down to the specific species of pine and oak tree and I took copius amounts of soil and duff from the rescue site to ensure I was replicating original site conditions as closely as possible. I watered upon digging and planted immediately when I arrived home and watered again. Unfortunately they did not survive. I've heard a success rate of 25% or less is average.

Please do your due diligence to make certain the plant is nursery-propogated and not wild-harvested. The only nursery listed on the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is Itasca Ladyslipper Farm in Grand Rapids, MI, http://www.wildflower.org/suppliers/search.php?b_name=lady The requirements to be listed on the website are very stringent which I think such a beautiful and rare plant deserves and requires. Certainly there are other nurseries propagating C. reginae and other C. species, but beware of any that are under $30 and anyone selling by the side of the road or in pots with soil only have probably been wild-collected.

Positive RAMES On Oct 31, 2010, RAMES from Saint Paul, MN wrote:

WE LIVE IN A SOUTHERN SUBURB OF THE TWIN CITIES,MN,
WE STARTED WITH 2- 1/2 GALLON MILK CARTONS WITH 2-3 PIPS IN EACH.
WE BOT ONE AND TRADED AMETHIST FOR THE 2ND ONE FROM A CERTIFIED SELLER IN THE UPPER PEN. OF MICHIGAN IN 1986.
THEY WERE PLANTED ON THE EAST SIDE OF OUR HOME IN TWO SPECIALLY PREPARED BEDS WITH SOME SAND, GARDEN SOIL AND LOT OF BOG PEAT (NOT PEAT MOSS) AND CROSSED OUR FINGERS.
SINCE THEN THEY HAVE PRODUCED WELL OVER 200 BLOOMS (SOME WERE DOUBLE BLOSSOMS ON ONE STEM)
THE ONLY SPECIAL CARE THEY HAVE RECEIVED IS TO TRY TO KEEP DAMP (ESP. DURING DRY SPELLS), SOMETIMES WE HAVE SPRINKLED A BIT OF OAK LEAF MOLD AROUND THE PLANTS, AND ANY DRYED SEED PODS ARE HAND SPRINKLED AROUND THE PLANTS!!

Positive GoLonnyCA On Apr 7, 2008, GoLonnyCA from Rancho Mirage, CA wrote:

Beautiful!!! - no problems...and I have it in a pretty sunny location. I posted some pics at my home in Minneapolis, MN (this is the Minnesota state flower after all). The only negative is that it is expensive if bought by a reputable shop - I paid $100 for a single sprout over 5 years ago...I now have about 15 sprouts...$$$

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 19, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Leaves can cause a rash if they come in contact with the skin.

Neutral Baa On Aug 31, 2001, Baa wrote:

Terrestiral orchid from East North America, has 3-7 ovate to lance shaped, slightly ribbed leaves wich can reach to 9 inches long. The flowers are almost 4 inches long and are white with a pink inflated round 'slipper' which are borne either singly or in pairs. More than deserves its common name.

Flowers May-July. Enjoys a humus rich, well drained, leafy, acid soil.

Susceptable to botrytis (grey mould) and slug damage.

Please buy from a reputable source who do not harvest from the wild.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Palmer, Alaska
Rome, Georgia
Gwynn Oak, Maryland
Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 reports)
Royalton, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Walker, Minnesota
Candia, New Hampshire
Medford, New Jersey
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Nashville, Tennessee
Island Pond, Vermont
Leesburg, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia



We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2014 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hope for America