lady's slipper orchid
- Position: partial shade (ideally with morning sun)
- Soil: relatively poor, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May and June
- Flower colour: white with a pink lip
- Hardiness: borderline hardy (may need winter protection)
Orchids are normally associated with tropical settings, but this is a hardy type that will take temperatures as low as -20°C in its stride. Growing from an underground rhizome, it sends up leafy shoots each spring and within a matter of weeks, produces its exotic-looking, pink-flushed blooms. Preferring a spot with some shade, it will make an interesting and unusual addition to the mixed border or woodland garden. These orchids die back to a tuberous state in the winter.
- Garden care: Protect the newly emerging shoots from frost - particularly in its first year and keep well watered (but not waterlogged) until established. After the leaves have died the old foliage can be cut back to 5 cm above the earth - taking care not to damage any new shoots.
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