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Cypripedium - Temperate Ladyslipper Orchids

Spring List 2019 is now CLOSED

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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 List is now CLOSED. Plants can be reserved on a First-Come, First-Served basis. Plants are beginning to break dormancy. Our next list (Fall 2019) will be posted in June.

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 this 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 fplants.


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. Please read our cultivation instructions before you order.

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   Species

Cypripedium formosanum

Cypripedium formosanum
Cat Number CYPS014 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 severely damage or even kill the plant.In our Seattle WA area garden with its cooler summers, Cyp formosanum is an excellent performer.


Cypripedium henryi

Cypripedium henryi
Cat Number CYPS018 Blooming size plant
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Cyp henryi has small greenish yellow flowers, often several per stem.


Cypripedium kentuckiense

Cypripedium kentuckiense
Cat Number CYPS019 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 'John Haggar'

Cypripedium macranthos 'John Haggar' Frosch®

Cat Number CYPS022JH Blooming size plant
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Cyp macranthos 'John Haggar' is a cross between typical Cyp macranthos and the larger-flowered macranthos var hotei-atsumorianum. It has a very nice flower and has done well for us for the past few years.


Cypripedium reginae

Cypripedium reginae
Cat Number CYPS027 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.



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.


   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 Ann Elizabeth

Cypripedium Ann Elisabeth

Cat Number CYPH401 Blooming Size Plant
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Ann Elisabeth is a hybrid of Cyp tibeticum and franchetti.


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 Bernd

Cypripedium Bernd Pastel

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 Christian

Cypripedium Christian Frosch®
Cat Number CYPH
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Christian is a hybrid of Cyp shanxiense and macranthos var hotei-atsumorianum registered by Michael Weinert in 2018.


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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Very colorful (from hotei), small (from cordigerum) flowers, a nonregistered hybrid from Anthura. One of my favorites while blooming in 2017 and 2018.


Cypripedium Emil

Cypripedium Emil
Cat Number CYPH061>
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Emil is very colorful hybrid of Cyp parviflorum and calceolus.


Cypripedium Eurasia

Cypripedium Eurasia Frosch®
Cat Number CYPH313
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We were blown away by the flowers of this hybrid of Cyp macranthos and tibeticum. I have added three plants to my personal permanent collection and kept several others to be located in a new permanent collection area.


Cypripedium Francis

Cypripedium Francis

Cat Number CYPH307
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Francis is a hybrid of Cyp kentuckiense and speciosum. Very nice flowers on a hybrid that has been commercially available for two decades.


Cypripedium Gisela 'Frosch's Noble Geisha'

Cypripedium Gisela 'Frosch's Noble Geisha' Frosch®


Cat Number CYPH076FNG
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Gisela is a hybrid of Cyp macranthos and parviflorum var parviflorum.Frosch Noble Geisha is a clone of an exceptional album form of Gisela introduced by Michael Weinert of Frosch's Exclusive Perennials.



Cypripedium GPH Quiet Waters

Cypripedium GPH Quiet Waters

Cat Number CYPH410
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Cyp GPH Quiet Waters is a hybrid of Cyp cordigerum and tibeticum. It has flowers nearly as large as those of its tibeticum parent.

Cypripedium Hans Erni

Cypripedium Hans Erni Frosch®
Cat Number CYPH411
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Cyp Hans Erni, a hybrid of Cyp franchetti and calceolus, has become one of our favorites over the past several years. We have established a small colony in our own garden.


Cypripedium Ivory

Cypripedium Inge Cat Number CYPH412
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Inge is a hybrid of Cyp parviflorum and fasciolatum. Inge is a hardy, long time favorite Cyp.


Cypripedium Ingrid

Cypripedium Ingrid Frosch®
Cat Number CYPH413
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Ingrid is a hybrid of Cyp parviflorum and cordigerum, and is a hardy, long time favorite Cyp.


Cypripedium Ivory

Cypripedium Ivory
Cat Number CYPH033
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Ivory is a hybrid of Cyp cordigerum and kentuckiense, and is a hardy, long time favorite Cyp.


Cypripedium John Massey

Cypripedium John Massey Frosch®
Cat Number CYPH317
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John Massey is a hybrid of Cyp montanum and kentuckiense. With montanum as a parent it may not do well with extremely hot summers.


Cypripedium Lady Dorine

Cypripedium Lady Dorine
Cat Number CYPH134
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Lady Dorine is a hybrid of Cyp fasciolatum and formosanum. The flowers are interesting as they are intermediate in appearance between the two parents.


Cypripedium Mem Shawna Austin

Cypripedium Memoria Shawna Austin

Cat Number CYPH041
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Memoria Shawna Austin is a of Cyp macranthos hotei-atsumorianum and calceolus. It grows into a robust plant with large, very brightly colored flowers. We have had several specimens for many years.


Cypripedium Michael Monto

Cypripedium MontoFrosch®
Cat Number CYPH159
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Monto, a hybrid of Cyp macranthos hotei-atsumorianum and fasciolatum. Monto has huge flowers and is a very hardy.


Cypripedium Pluto

Cypripedium Pluto

Cat Number CYPH309 Blooming Size Plant
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Pluto is a hybrid of Cyp fasciolatum and franchetti.


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 and we have several specimens that have been in our collection of many years.


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. We have specimens in our personal collection that we have had for a decade.


Cyp Schoko has a flower similar to parviflorum but with brown coloration rather than yellow. It is a favorite of ours and we have had several specimens in our collection for nearly a decade.


Cypripedium Tilman

Cypripedium Tilman
Cat Number CYPH199
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Tilman, a hybrid of Cyp tibeticum and fasciolatum, has very nice, large flowers. Flower color varies from plant to plant.


Cypripedium Ursel

Cypripedium Ursel
Cat Number CYPH204
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Ursel has beautiful yellow flowers.


Cypripedium ventricosum 'Frosch's Queen of the Mist'

Cypripedium ventricosum 'Frosch's Queen of the Mist" Frosch®
Cat Number CYPH10QM
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xVentricosum is the natural hybrid of Cyp calceolus and macranthos. It is a very hardy hybrid. Frosch's Queen of the Mist was cloned by Michael Weinert from an exceptional specimen of the album form of xventricosum for its excellent coloration and garden performance.


Cypripedium ventricosum album

Cypripedium xventricosum forma album
Cat Number CYPH010A
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ventricosum album is a hyrid of Cyp pubescens and fasciolatum with large, white flowers and sometimes pale yellow sepals.