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A rare white form of the Pink Lady Slipper Orchid

Raleigh, NC(Zone 8b)


I was on a orchid hunting fieldtrip yesterday and discovered a white flowered form of the Pink Lady Slipper. This is the first time I've ever seen one in the wild and was very excited to find it. Along with the one white blooming plant we saw ~80 other pink ones in bloom. I wanted to share this discovery her on Dave's Garden. Has anyone else ever seen a white one? I will post the other pics later today.


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Columbia Station, OH

yes I have them in my yard...
Come to my place this weekend and see them

Saucier, MS(Zone 8b)

I live out in the woods, off the Mississippi Gulf Coast. About a month ago I was wondering around
yard & what do you think I found
right in the middle of my Iris Bed!! Yes, this very same Lady
Slipper!! I had to go back 3 or 4 times to make sure of what I saw. Checked it today & it is still Blooming. Those Iris have been there for 8 years & I know that Lady Slipper was not there until this year!!

I know if I try to pot it up I will kill it. Hope it returns next year!!


Long Beach, MS(Zone 8b)

I didn't realize they would grow this far south. How prevalent are they in the woods in your area? Or is this the only one you've noticed? I agree, potting it up probably would kill it.

Raleigh, NC(Zone 8b)

The white form is quite rare in this area. This is the only one I've ever seen and I've seen hundreds in bloom over the years. In this spot where I took the photo there were about 80 pink ones blooming nearby.

Brookeville, MD(Zone 7a)

Why don't you put a marker next to it so you can enjoy it next year? I found some showy orchis in the woods and didn't want to disturb them so that's what I did. I can't wait for next year's blooms!

Ranburne, AL(Zone 8b)

I am looking for orchids for trade to get a few started and I will shre back.Thanks in advance..Porsha

north coast nsw, Australia

these are phragmipediums not paphiopedilums hey!

Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

I don't think so.

Shelburne Falls, MA(Zone 5a)

I've never seen a white Cypripedium acaule before. We have the pink and yellow around here. I have an all white reginae that I planted and it's bloomed 2 years now.

Fair Lawn, NJ(Zone 6b)

I wasn't going to post into this ( very nice) thread since it was resurrected for the sole purpose of begging, ( 5x no less) but I did post our white Cyp acaule here
scroll to May 31.

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