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Lady's slipper orchid

Phragmipedium spp.

Also known as

Orchid

Phragmipedium pearcei Orchi 106 by Orchi (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

H1b

RHS hardiness

10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

60cm

Max

60cm

15cm

Min

15cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Lady's slipper orchid Overview

Native to Mexico and Central and South America, this genus of large orchids comprises around 15–20 species. These are mostly found between rocks or near rivers. The leathery, strap-shaped leaves are arranged in two ranks, with an upright stem bearing brightly-coloured flowers that have very long petals. The slipper-shaped lip is a characteristic feature in this genus. With over 600 garden hybrids available, Phragmipedium orchids are a popular choice.

Common problems with Lady's slipper orchid

How to propagate Lady's slipper orchid

Division

Seed

Special features of Lady's slipper orchid

Attractive flowers

Indoor plant

Other uses of Lady's slipper orchid

Grown for their beautiful and unusual flowers.