Cypripedium reginae

lady's slipper orchid

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  • Position: partial shade (ideally with morning sun)
  • Soil: relatively moist, humus-rich and fertile soil with a neutral to acidic pH
  • 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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