Lovely Ladies

plantfreak(z9aKyushuJapan)July 7, 2005

HereÂs some lovely "ladies" IÂm growing. First is Cypripedium macranthos alba. Normally these range from pale pink to deep magenta. This species is found from northern China and Japan, thoughout Siberia, and eastward as far as the Ural Mountains. This oneÂs a pure white form:

This is the natural cross between C. macanthos and C. calceolus, C. x ventricosum. Often these are a mix of various shades of pink and purple. Again, this oneÂs almost pure white. Found in northern China, North Korea, and Russia:

HereÂs a Taiwan endemic, C. formosanum. This is perhaps the easiest to grow of the Cyps. It is becoming quite rare in the wild however and is restricted to the mountains of Taiwan only. Sometimes it is considered a variety of its near relative, C. japonicum:

Finally, an artificial hybrid between the Chinese C. flavum and the American C. reginae, C. x Ulla Silkens. While the C. reginae colors are dominant, the back flare of the petals is a classic C. flavum trait:

I hope you enjoy the shots. These jewels are some of my favorite plants. PF

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flowergirl_VA(z7 VA)

They're all really beautiful.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2005 at 8:50AM
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rosemariero(Z9 SW SUNDiegoCA)

Most excellent shots! Enjoyed viewing these beauties! Thanks!


    Bookmark   July 7, 2005 at 10:42AM
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Exquisite photos!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2005 at 9:09AM
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Beautiful! Are these called Ladies slipper or something to that order? I saw a post here with a flower very simular. Is this a house plant? If so can it be grown here on Long Island. SOrry for so many ? I really love this plant! :)

    Bookmark   July 8, 2005 at 10:35AM
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Gorgeous blossoms. I love these little flowers.

Great photography also.


    Bookmark   July 8, 2005 at 11:47AM
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Thanks for the kind comments everyone.


These are commonly called ladyslippers, slipper orchids, cyps, and moccasin flowers. To answer your questions: no, not a house plant and yes they can be grown on Long Island, NY. Let me give a brief view of this genus.

Only around 45 or so known species occur thoughout the northern hemisphere from cold temperate to cool temperate climates (a couple live in almost arctic conditions). So, in summer they enjoy cool soil temperatures (My suggestion is to start with C. parviflorum v. pubescens (AKA C. pubescens). This is about as easy as they get. You can simply dig a hole in your yard anywhere there is bright shade and plant it provided the soil is well drained and of reasonable quality (say the soil a hosta can grow in well). Each spring the plant will give you a nice show for about 2-3 weeks and then you have to wait another year for more flowers. Patience is needed with these beauties.

HereÂs some links for you all:

First, the culture of these plants.

Cyp Culture 1

Cyp Culture 2

Now some sources for them. These are all good nurseries that sell only laboratory grown plants or divisions of mature plants, not wild collected stuff. Please note that many Cyps are sold every year that are wild collected and mostly destined to perish. If you see a really good deal on these, it always means it was wild collected. Expect to pay $30 or more for a lab plant that is flowering size:

Vermont Ladyslipper Co

Hillside Nursery

RobertÂs Flower Supply

Finally, if you have any questions about your plants and cultivating them, hereÂs a forum specializing in these you can post messages to. ItÂs been pretty dead there lately, but if you post an intelligent question, someone usually will answer you:

Cyp Forum


    Bookmark   July 8, 2005 at 6:08PM
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