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Cypripedium - Temperate Ladyslipper Orchids

Spring List 2017

Ordering

You may order and pay in two ways, by Check using our order form or by Paypal, using your Credit Card or PayPal account, directly from the website.

Our Spring Shipping Season is now closed. Thank you to everyone who visited our site this Spring and we wish a great orchid growing season to all.

It is important to keep in mind that the plants we sell as 'blooming size' have bloomed at least one year. This does not necessarily mean that the plant you receive will bloom next Spring, but more often than not it will. Some species and hybrids may abort their bud the first Spring after being transplanted. This is a response to being moved.

It is also important to keep in mind that the plants we sell will have a variable number of growth buds. The price at which we sell is for one growth bud but often there is more than one bud, the 'extras' are bonuses to the buyer. Sometimes we sell plants with specific numbers of buds but we dont do this often as the plants are grown in beds and it is difficult to determine exactly how many buds a given plant has without disturbing it a great deal.

Many of the hybrids and some of the species we sell are 'new.' For a species this means that it has not been in cultivation extensively so we do not have a good feel for how long a plant may survive in your planting bed. We know it has grown in cultivation for at least 5 years since all of our plants are seed-grown but we dont know with certainty what the breadth of conditions in which they survive might be. We let you know this in our descriptions. These plants are for those who have experience with Cypripediums and are prepared to lose them. We sometimes sell Cyp lichiangense or Cyp arietinum. These often last for a few years but all too soon are lost. All of us who have kept Cyp's have killed very many! While some species and hybrids last for very long periods of time - Cyp reginae, Cyp pubescens, Cyp Gisela and so forth are very difficult to kill and we have specimens that are more than 15 years old, many new hybrids do well but over a few years tend to decline and are eventually lost. This is the case for many hybrid plants including orchids. Since most of the hybrids we sell have only been in existance for 5-10 years, it is natural to expect that some will not be long-lived. We note in the descriptions some that have done very well for us for many years. If you are looking for good garden plants for your perennial beds in shady sites, keep to these.

Finally, we ship our plants bare root in clear plastic bags. Having a clear plastic bag allows you to become comfortable or not with the quality of the plant when it arrives. If you do not like the look of a rhizome when you receive it we are happy to take it back as we want you to be happy with the plants you receive. This also means that if you order from us, it is with the understanding that we cannot be responsible for issues that become apparent after you plant your rhizome. The rhizomes are in good condition when we dig them or we dont send them on to you. On very rare occasions we find there is a quality or suitability issue. For example, some years ago we received Cyp Sebastian, very nice plants from an outside source. We kept some and sold some. The next Spring, we found that ours had degraded in our beds. This was not due to the quality of the plants but rather their inability to tolerate conditions outside of those in their native habitat at above 5000 feet in the Rocky Mountains (the habitat of one of their parents, Cyp montanum). Since we had sold the plants as hardy in our conditions and they were not, in the Spring we contacted customers who purchased them and told them of our findings, and if the plants had not survived for a customer we refunded their purchase price. Outside of instances in which the plants we sold you were from beds that subsequently failed as in this example, we do not replace plants.


Plants

In addition to listed plants, we also sometimes have available limited numbers of unlisted plants - please contact us if you are looking for something we do not have. If we do not have it, we will help you find someone who does.

Due to the difficulty and costs of obtaining phytosanitary and CITES certificates, we can only ship within the United States.

Bed of Cyp reginae album

Cypripedium reginae forma album clump in its 8th year with 14 flowers.



Cypripedium Ladyslipper Orchids

Cypripedium ladyslipper orchids are among the most showy of the temperate terrestrial orchids. Please read our cultivation instructions to make sure that you live in an appropriate part of the country to grow these magnificient garden plants. Plants should be situated in a partially shaded area and preferably planted in a soiless medium. For those who plan to only have one or a few terrestrial orchids, we now offer the planting medium we use in 2 and 3 gallon bags.

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   Species


Cypripedium calceolus

Cypripedium calceolus
Cat Number CYPS005 Blooming size plant

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Cyp calceolus is the only Cypripedium native to Europe. We listed this species several times in past years but not recently since the European CITES authorities will no longer allow it to be exported out of the EU. We have raised a few plants and this Spring will offer a VERY FEW. Cyp calceolus is more difficult to keep in culture than our American Cypripedium parviflorum. We manage to keep it by adding 1/4th cup lime around the root zone each Fall. This is a plant for expert Cypripedium keepers.


Cypripedium cordigerum

Cypripedium cordigerum
Cat Number CPS6 Blooming size plant

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Cyp cordigerum is a smaller plant with tiny, elegant flowers.


Cypripedium formosanum

Cypripedium formosanum
Cat Number CPS14 Blooming size plant

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Cyp formosanum is a popular species in warmer temperate climates. When we keep them outside in Connecticut a late hard freeze after the plants have broken dormancy can cause severe damage or even kill the plant.


Cypripedium henryi

Cypripedium henryi
Cat Number CPS18 Blooming size plant

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Cyp henryi has small greenish yellow flowers, often several per stem.


Cypripedium kentuckiense

Cypripedium kentuckiense
Cat Number CPS19 Blooming size plant

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Cyp kentuckiense has the largest flowers of any Cypripedium species. Make sure to grow this species in fine sand with no organics. The perfect sand is Quikrete all purpose sand - the off-white to light brown colored sand. The very white sandbox sands are often extremely alkaline and will kill your plants very quickly.


Cypripedium macranthos

Cypripedium macranthos
Cat Number CYPS22 Blooming size plant

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Cyp macranthos must have a very free-draining medium that does not retain water during the winter.


Cypripedium macranthos

Cypripedium macranthos var rebunense
Cat Number CYPS22R Blooming size plant

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Cyp macranthos rebunense originates from the Japanese island of Rebun. It is a holy plant in Japan and the population is protected by the Japanese army.


Cypripedium parviflorum

Cypripedium parviflorum var parviflorum
Cat Number CYPS25 Blooming size plant


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Cyp parviflorum parviflorum tends to have smaller flowers than pubescens, with dark brown, twisted sepals.


Cypripedium parviflorum planipetalum

Cypripedium parviflorum forma planipetalum
Cat Number CPS25PL Blooming size plant

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Cyp parviflorum planipetalum is a phenotype that occurs in the northern Canada, with small nontwisted sepals. Often flowers of this form look like the flowers of typical parviflorum when grown in warmer climates.


Cypripedium pubescens

Cypripedium var pubescens
Cat Number CYPS25PUB Blooming size plant

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Cyp pubescens is a highly adaptable species. Along with Cyp reginae it is the species we recommend for beginners.


Cypripedium reginae

Cypripedium reginae
Cat Number CYPS27 Blooming size plant

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The 'Showy Ladyslipper' is the largest Cypripedium, growing to 36 inches in height once it becomes well-established. It tolerates more light than most Cyp's and can recieve up to 4 hours each day.


Cypripedium reginae forma album

Cypripedium reginae forma album
Cat Number CYPS27A Blooming size plant

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The 'Showy Ladyslipper' is the largest Cypripedium, growing to 36 inches in height once it becomes well-established. It tolerates more light than most Cyp's and can recieve up to 4 hours each day.


Cypripedium segawai

Cypripedium segawai
Cat Number CYPS028 Blooming size plant

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Cyp segawai is a smaller plant with small, bright yellow flowers. This species does not tolerate very cold conditions during the winter. It should be kept in pots in Zone 7 or lower.


Cypripedium tibeticum

Cypripedium tibeticum
Cat Number CYPS031 Blooming size plant

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Cyp tibeticum is everyone's favorite difficult species. It does not tolerate wet conditions during winter thaws.


   Hybrids

Please be aware that Cypripedium hybrids, like other hybrid plants that are not vegetatively produced, will vary in appearance of the plant and flower from specimen to specimen to reflect all of the possible gradations between one parent and another. Our photos are of actual plants in our garden. Yours may look similar or somewhat different.

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Some of our blooming size hybrids are imported from the famous Frosch® Exclusive Perennials in Germany. These are large, blooming-size rhizomes.




Cypripedium Anna

Cypripedium Anna Frosch®

Cat Number CYPH020 Blooming Size Plant


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Anna is a hybrid of Cyp parviflorum and Cyp macranthos var hotei-atsumorianum. It is an excellent beginner's Cyp


Cypripedium Anna

Cypripedium Barry Phillips

Cat Number CYPH031 Blooming Size Plant


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Barry Phillips has superb small yellow flowers. This hybrid does not like very cold winters due to its segawai parentage and may be best kept in pots.


Cypripedium Bernd

Cypripedium Bernd

Cat Number CYPH034 Blooming Size Plant


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This hybrid has segawai as a parent. It is new to us but may not tolerate very cold winters.


Cypripedium Bernd

Cypripedium Bernd album

Cat Number CPH34A Blooming Size Plant


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This hybrid has segawai as a parent. It is new to us but may not tolerate very cold winters.


Cypripedium Boots

Cypripedium Boots
Cat Number CYPH040 Blooming Size Plant




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Boots is a hardy hybrid.


Cypripedium Chauncey

Cypripedium Chauncey Frosch®
Cat Number CYPH046

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Chauncey is a hardy hybrid.


Cypripedium cordigerum x hotei

Cypripedium cordigerum x hotei

Cat Number CYPH218



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We had cordigerum x tibeticum last year, which looked very nice (see our home page). These have a similar look but with macranthos as a parent should be more hardy over the long term.


Cypripedium fasciolatum x corrugatum

Cypripedium fasciolatum x corrugatum
Cat Number CYP219




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Cyp fasciolatum x corrugatum is from Anthura.


Cypripedium Gisela

Cypripedium Gisela

Cat Number CYPH076



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Gisela is perhaps the most hardy Cyp hybrid ever introduced.


Cypripedium Hank Small

Cypripedium Hank Small Frosch®
Cat Number CYPH093

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Hank Small may develop several flowers per stem.


Cypripedium Hans Erni

Cypripedium Hans Erni Frosch®
Cat Number CYPH096

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Hans Erni is a hybrid of Cyp franchetti and Cyp calceolus.


Cypripedium kentuckiense x rebunense

Cypripedium kentuckiense x rebunense

Cat Number CYPH220



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From Anthura.


Cypripedium Lady Dorine

Cypripedium Lady Dorine

Cat Number CYPH134 Blooming Size Plant


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A hybrid of Cyp fasciolatum x formosanum.


Cypripedium Lukas

Cypripedium Lukas

Cat Number CYP144



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Lukas is new for us this year.


Cypripedium Michael

Cypripedium Michael

Cat Number CYPH157



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Michael is a very hardy hybrid.


Cypripedium Monto

Cypripedium Monto Frosch®

Cat Number CYPH159 Blooming Size Plant


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Monto is a hybrid of Cyp. macranthos var hotei-atsumorianum and Cyp fasciolatum with very large, colorful flowers.


Cypripedium Paul

Cypripedium Paul Frosch®

Cat Number CYPH165 Blooming Size Plant

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Paul is a hybrid of Cyp parviflorum and franchetti. Flowers may have a yellow or pink cast which varies year to year.


Cypripedium Renate

Cypripedium Renate Frosch®

Cat Number CYPH188 Blooming Size Plant

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Renate is a hybrid of Cyp and . Flowers vary from very light pastel pink to darker purple on different plants.


Cypripedium Robin Lee

Cypripedium Robin Lee
Cat Number CYPH178



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Robin Lee is new for us this year.


Cypripedium Sabine

Cypripedium Sabine Frosch®

Cat Number CYPH181 Blooming Size Plant

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Sabine is a hybrid of two large-flowered species, Cyp. faciolatum and Cyp macranthos. Cyp. Sabine has been very hardy for us.


Cypripedium Sabine Pastel

Cypripedium Sabine Pastel Frosch®

Cat Number CYPH181P Blooming Size Plant


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Sabine Pastel is a white form of the hybrid between two large-flowered species, Cyp. faciolatum and Cyp macranthos.Cyp. Sabine has been very hardy for us.


Cypripedium Schoko

Cypripedium Schoko Frosch®

Cat Number CYPH187 Blooming Size Plant


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Cyp Schoko has a flower similar to parviflorum but with brown coloration rather than yellow.


Cypripedium Hans Erni

Cypripedium Sebastian 'Frosch Mountain King' Frosch®
Cat Number CYPH188FMK



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Sebastian's parent Cyp montanum is quite heat intolerant. Michael Weinert has cloned a particularly heat-tolerant specimen and calls it 'Frosch Mountain King." We have had excellent success with this clone here in Connecticut in our 90 degree Summer temperatures for the past several years.


Cypripedium Sunny

Cypripedium Sunny
Frosch®
Cat Number CYPH193



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Sunny has very nice large, yellow flowers.


Cypripedium Tilman

Cypripedium Tilman
Frosch®
Cat Number CYPH199



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Tilman has very nice, large flowers.


Cypripedium Ulli

Cypripedium Ulli
Cat Number CYPH203



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Ulli is the hybrid of parviflorum and cordigerum.


Cypripedium Ursel

Cypripedium Ursel
Cat Number CYPH204



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Ursel has beautiful yellow flowers.


Cypripedium ventricosum Pastel

Cypripedium ventricosum Pastel Frosch®
Cat Number CYPH10A



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xVentricosum is the natural hybrid of Cyp calceolus and macranthos. It is a very hardy hybrid.