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Showy Lady's-Slipper Orchid

Cypripedium reginae

Also known as

Queen's Lady'S Slipper, Orchid

Cypripedium reginae Orchi 004 by Orchi (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

50cm

50cm

Min

10cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Showy Lady's-Slipper Orchid Overview

Cypripedium reginae is a hardy deciduous orchid species in the Orchidaceae family. It has bright green, slightly hairy leaves which have prominent veins. In late spring and summer it produces white flowers with pink-streaked lips. Prefers moist fertile humus-rich soil. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Showy Lady's-Slipper Orchid

How to propagate Showy Lady's-Slipper Orchid

Division

Divide in early or mid spring and replant immediately. Include soil from the rootball as this contains beneficial fungi;.

Tubers

Special features of Showy Lady's-Slipper Orchid

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Showy Lady's-Slipper Orchid

This plant suits being included in urban gardens in containers as well as in flower borders in cottage gardens.