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Bletilla ochracea 'Chinese Butterfly' (Chinese Butterfly Hardy Ground Orchid) #8155

Zone: 7a to 9b,at least

Height: 30" tall

Culture: Part Sun

Origin: China

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$16.00   
One of the real treasures in the genus bletilla is the Chinese Bletilla ochracea. Although not as winter hardy as its cousin Bletilla striata, it more than makes up for this with its stunning jewel-like flowers. The 30" wispy flower stalks emerge from below-ground pseudobulbs and top the iris-like pleated leaves from June through August. Each Bletilla ochracea flower stalk is topped with 3-5 small, creamy yellow flowers, each highlighted with a purple and yellow speckled lip. We have found that Bletilla ochracea prefers more sun to grow well as compared to Bletilla striata which has decent shade tolerance...moist rich soil and morning sun or high filtered light shade are best. Bletilla ochracea 'Chinese Butterfly' is a particularly vigorous, precocious flowering seed strain introduced by Linda Guy of the former Carolina Nursery.

Bletilla striata (Hardy Ground Orchid) #754

Zone: 6a to 9b,

Height: 30" tall

Culture: Part Sun

Origin: Eastern Asia

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$15.00   
Bletilla striata is a hardy and very easy-to-grow terrestrial orchid with upright, heavily textured, iris-like, 18" long x 3" wide green leaves that forms a slowly spreading clump. In early spring, stalks to 30" tall of very small cattleya-like flowers are held atop the foliage. The rhizomes spread slowly and eventually form a nice mass. Bletilla striata grows best in moist to damp soils.

Bletilla striata 'Albostriata' (Striped Hardy Ground Orchid) #1859

Zone: 6a to 9b,

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Part Sun

Origin: Eastern Asia

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$15.00   
Bletilla striata 'Albostriata' is one of the rarer white-edged variegated forms of the commonly grown ground orchid. Two opposite, iris-like, pleated leaves emerge from each pseudobulb in early spring (April for us). As the leaves emerge, the narrow flower spike arises through the center and opens a few inches above the foliage with rich purple flowers. All Bletilla striata cultivars are amazingly drought tolerant, but grow faster in evenly moist soils.

Bletilla striata 'First Kiss' (First Kiss Hardy Ground Orchid) #3004

Zone: 6a to 9b,

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Part Sun

Origin: Eastern Asia

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

There are a number of white-edged leaf forms of the hardy orchid Bletilla striata, some without valid names. Our form, Bletilla 'First Kiss', has the same deeply-veined, long green leaves that emerge from a central stem in late March. In late April in NC, the 2' tall stems are topped with small white orchid-like flowers with a flush of purple on the lip. This vigorous grower will quickly make a colony when grown in rich, moist soil. In the South, a bit of mid-day shade is helpful, while full sun farther north produces a better floral show.

Bletilla striata 'Gotemba Stripes' (Gotemba Stripes Hardy Orchid) #8409

Zone: 6a to 9b,

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Part Sun

Origin: Japan

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$26.00   
This unique variegated form of the hardy ground orchid comes from Japan's famed Gotemba Nursery. The typically long, green, pleated leaves are streaked with gold and, like the species, the clumps are topped in May and June with 2' tall floral spikes of terminal dark purple flowers...an incredible color combination. Bletilla striata 'Gotemba Stripes' fares well in both dry (once established) and moist soils.

Bletilla striata 'Kuchibeni' (Purple Lip Hardy Ground Orchid) #1860

Zone: 6a to 9b,

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Part Sun

Origin: Eastern Asia

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$16.00   
Bletilla striata 'Kuchibeni' is a hard-to-find but easy-to-grow cultivar from Japan, distinguished by its two-tone flowers. The upper part of the flower is white while the lip is a contrasting purple. The foliage and growth habit are the same as in the species. I have seen this occasionally incorrectly offered as Bletilla striata 'Alba', which should be solid white.

Bletilla striata 'Soryu' (Soryu Hardy Ground Orchid) #8131

Zone: 6a to 9b,

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Part Sun

Origin: Japan

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$24.00   
Bletilla striata 'Soryu' is a lovely Japanese selection of the hardy ground orchid, topped in late April/early May with 2' tall flower stalks, ending in a cluster of 1" mauvy-lavender flowers that have a distinctive bluish cast. The contrasting white throat and dark purple lip make a scrumptious garden specimen. Slightly moist soils are best, although bletillas are very easy to grow in a wide range of less than perfect conditions.

Bletilla striata 'Tri-Lips' (Tri-Lips Perennial Ground Orchid) #9217

Zone: 6a to 9b,

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Part Sun

Origin: Japan

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$30.00   
This bizarre selection of the Japanese ground orchid, Bletilla striata, makes a nice deciduous clump of pleated green leaves, topped in late April (NC) with narrow flower stalks. Each 2' stalk is adorned with dark purple flowers that each have three lips instead of the normal one...sort of like you would look after a boxing match with Mike Tyson. Bletilla striata 'Tri-Lips' is truly one of the strangest mutations I've ever seen on a hardy perennial.

Bletilla x yokohama 'Kate' PP# 19,878 (Kate Hybrid Hardy Bletilla Orchid) #6263

Zone: 6a to 9b,

Height: 40" tall

Culture: Part Sun

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$12.00   
Bletilla x yokohama 'Kate' is a Bill Mathis hybrid...a cross of Bletilla striata 'Big Bob' x Bletilla formosana. Bletilla 'Kate' makes a typical clump of upright, sword-like, pleated, green leaves topped, starting in late spring, with 40" tall spikes terminating in an open cluster of medium lavender flowers, each highlighted by a dark purple stripe down the back center of each petal and a very dark purple lip surrounding a yellow throat. If I had those last few symptoms I'd call the doctor but, in this case, just grab a shovel and everything will be alright.

Bletilla x yokohama 'Sweet Lips' (Sweet Lips Yokohama Hardy Ground Orchid) #8927

Zone: 7a to 9b,at least

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Part Sun

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$16.00   
Bletilla x yokohama, a seed hybrid group first produced by N. Suzuki in 1956, is a hybrid between the Chinese native Bletilla striata and the Taiwanese native Bletilla formosana. We offered this hardy orchid in 2011 as a cultivar, but then discovered others had made named, unique selections of this same cross, so we gave our clonally propagated offering a new cultivar name. Bletilla x yokohama 'Sweet Lips' produces foliage similar to Bletilla striata, topped in spring with 2' stalks that end in a cluster of 5-6 nearly white flowers highlighted with a darker purple lip.

Calanthe discolor (Discolor Hardy Calanthe Orchid) #2617

Zone: 6b to 9b,

Height: 10" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: Japan

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

Calanthe discolor is a Japanese woodland orchid that emerges from the pseudobulb with 2-3 heavily pleated, 6" long x 2" wide leaves. As the bulb offsets, the clumps can get quite thick. The foliage, which is evergreen to 15 degrees F, is topped in mid-spring with 10" stalks of tiny mahogany flowers with pure white lower lips...a very easy-to-grow addition to that special spot in the woodland garden.

Calanthe 'Kojima Pink' (Kojima Pink Hardy Calanthe Orchid) #6047

Zone: 7a to 9b,

Height: 10" tall

Culture: Light Shade to Shade

Origin: Japan

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$39.00   
This unique Kojima strain of hardy calanthe orchids (Calanthe discolor x Calanthe sieboldii x Calanthe aristulifera x Calanthe tricarinata) produces flowers that are a lovely lavender and white bicolor...each seedling is different. The large, pleated, green basal leaves serve as a nice backdrop for the 10" tall flower stalks in mid-April (NC). Average to slightly moist woodland soils are best.

Calanthe 'Kojima Red' (Kojima Red Hardy Calanthe Orchid) #6045

Zone: 7a to 9b,at least

Height: 10" tall

Culture: Light Shade to Shade

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

We are pleased to offer a new series of calanthe orchid hybrids from the work of Japanese breeder Mr. Kojima, who crossed four hardy orchid species together: Calanthe discolor x Calanthe sieboldii x Calanthe aristulifera x Calanthe tricarinata. Our offering consists of selected seed-grown, flowering-size plants, each with stalks of red to russet-orange flowers highlighted by a white/yellow throat. The large, pleated, green basal leaves serve as a nice backdrop for the 10" tall flower stalks in mid-April (NC).

Calanthe 'Kojima White' (Kojima White Hardy Calanthe Orchid) #6048

Zone: 7a to 9b,

Height: 10" tall

Culture: Light Shade to Shade

Origin: Japan

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$39.00   
This unique Kojima strain of hardy calanthe orchids (Calanthe discolor x Calanthe sieboldii x Calanthe aristulifera x Calanthe tricarinata) produces flowers that are white, often with a lovely burgundy throat or burgundy lip...the better to kiss you with...each seedling is different. The large, pleated, green basal leaves serve as a nice backdrop for the 10" tall flower stalks in mid-April (NC). Average to slightly moist woodland soils are best.

Calanthe 'Kojima Yellow' (Kojima Yellow Hardy Calanthe Orchid) #6046

Zone: 7a to 9b,at least

Height: 10" tall

Culture: Light Shade to Shade

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

The pleated, green, basal leaves, evergreen down to single digits F, serve as a nice background for the 10" stalks of bright yellow flowers that start in mid-April (NC). The small flowers range from pale to medium yellow, and the contrasting lips range from bronze to purple...really charming. This represents a new series of orchid hybrids, Calanthe discolor x Calanthe sieboldii x Calanthe aristulifera x Calanthe tricarinata, from the work of Japan's Mr. Kojima. Average to slightly moist woodland garden conditions are perfect.

Calanthe reflexa (Hardy Terrestrial Orchid) #802

Zone: 7a to 9b,

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Shade

Origin: Japan

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

We are pleased to present another hard-to-find Japanese native orchid, Calanthe reflexa. Unlike many of the other hardy calanthes, this one is a summer bloomer. The narrow-pleated, evergreen leaves lie outward, making a 15" wide rosette. In mid-to-late summer, the clumps are topped with lightly fragrant, two-toned, pink and white flowers...a great specimen plant for the summer woodland garden!

Calanthe sieboldii (Siebold's Hardy Calanthe Orchid) #1861

Zone: 7a to 9b,possibly colder

Height: 20" tall

Culture: Light Shade to Shade

Origin: Japan

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

(syn: Calanthe striata) This hard-to-find Japanese native terrestrial orchid has been a superb performer and one of our favorite calanthes. The evergreen foliage (except below 10 degrees F) composes a vigorous 6" tall x 15" wide clump of deeply pleated leaves. In spring, the bloom stalks rise from the ground to reach 20". Along the scape are dozens of small pansy-like flowers of bright yellow...quite stunning. Calanthes prefer well-drained, slightly moist woodland conditions and are proven to be quite easy to grow. After severe winters, they may be very late to emerge.

Calanthe tricarinata (Hardy Calanthe Orchid) #1834

Zone: 6a to 9b,

Height: 15" tall

Culture: Light Shade to Shade

Origin: Japan

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

We are pleased to offer this hard-to-find, hardy, early spring-flowering orchid with 15" tall spikes of small, exquisite yellow flowers with reddish-brown lips. Calanthe tricarinata prefers woodland conditions...moist but well-drained soils. The foliage of Calanthe tricarinata is evergreen in mild winters but may become deciduous when temperatures approach 10 degrees F. We have had some reports of success with this orchid from Zone 5. Calanthe tricarinata is featured in the book, "Rare and Precious Plants of China."

Calopogon tuberosus (Grass Pink Orchid) #4563

Zone: 3a to 9b,

Height: 15" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$26.00   
Calopogon tuberosus is a small, easy-to-grow native orchid that ranges from Minnesota south to Florida. Found in open boggy soils and meadows, grass pink emerges in March (south) and July (north) with bunny ear-shaped leaves. On a short stalk atop the leaves are up to 24 small pink flowers that open progressively over a series of weeks starting in June (NC). Plant grass pinks near a path where they can be appreciated. Grass pinks will need to re-establish well before attaining full height. Our Calopogon tuberosus are grown from nursery-propagated divisions and not dug from the wild.

Cypripedium 'Aki' Frosch® (Aki Ladyslipper Orchid) #7476

Zone: 4a to 7b,probably colder

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

Cypripedium 'Aki' is a strain of hybrid ladyslipper orchids developed in 1996 by Germany's Werner Frosch by crossing the Chinese Cypripedium macranthos with the American Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens. The heat tolerance of the Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens allows gardeners in warmer climates to have success. The hybrids, which display amazing vigor, emerge in late spring forming 18" tall stalks topped with large plum to pink striped flowers, each highlighted by three twisted pinkish sepals. Our offerings are all seed-grown, flowering-sized plants...each one is slightly different. Quantities are very limited.

Cypripedium 'Emil' Frosch® (Emil Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid) #7477

Zone: 4a to 7b,at least

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$55.00   
Cypripedium 'Emil' is a 1993 Werner Frosch hybrid of the European Cypripedium calceolus and the American Cypripedium parviflorum var. parviflorum. The result is a vigorous grower, topped in late May with 18" stalks of stunning flowers, each composed of a bright yellow pouch complemented by dark burgundy, twisted sepals. A well-grown clump of Cypripedium 'Emil' can produce up to 24 flowers in only 3 years...fastest in cool summer climates. Our offerings are all flowering-sized plants. Cypripedium 'Emil' is named after Emil Lueckel, former president of the German Orchid Society.

Cypripedium 'Frosch's Mountain King' Frosch® (Frosch's Mountain King Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid) #3590

Zone: 4a to 7b,at least

Height: 23" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$75.00   
Cypripedium 'Frosch's Mountain King' is a selected clone of the Werner Frosch hybrid, Cypripedium 'Sebastian', that combines the genes of the American East Coast Cypripedium parviflorum v. parviflorum with the Northwest US native Cypripedium montanum. Cypripedium 'Frosch's Mountain King' is much more tolerant of wet summers, which often adversely affect clumps of Cypripedium 'Sebastian'. The vigorous 23" tall, narrow stemmed plants, are topped with white pocketbook-shaped flowers that are backed by prominent, twisted, red-burgundy sepals. The Cypripedium montanum parent passed along both a slight fragrance as well as the multiple flowers per stalk trait. These flowering-sized plants are in very limited supply. As with all cypripediums, they should only be attempted by experienced gardeners.

Cypripedium 'Gabriela' (Gabriella Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid) #4615

Zone: 5a to 7b,

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$65.00   
Cypripedium 'Gabriela' is a 2003 Werner Frosch hybrid that combines two of the largest flowering hardy ladyslipper orchid species together...the US native Cypripedium kentuckiense and the Himalayan Cypripedium fasciolatum. The 18" tall plants are topped in April (NC) with large egg-like pouches that can either be cream or yellow (each seedling is slightly different). The pouches are backed with chartreuse sepals that are heavily veined purple...very special! Our offerings of Cypripedium 'Gabriella' are all flowering-sized plants.

Cypripedium 'Gisela' Frosch® (Gisela Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid) #7515

Zone: 4a to 7b,probably colder

Height: 15" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$75.00   
Cypripedium 'Gisela' is a 1992 Werner Frosch hybrid of the Chinese Cypripedium macranthos and the American Cypripedium parviflorum v. parviflorum. The robust growing Cypripedium 'Gisela' makes a patch of 15" tall stems, each topped in mid-May with a creamy yellow pouch with burgundy streaks, backed by three large sepals of dark burgundy with a flush of yellow. These are flowering-sized plants.

Cypripedium 'Hank Small' Frosch® (Hank Small Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid) #7505

Zone: 4a to 7b,

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$50.00   
Cypripedium 'Hank Small' is a 1991 Carson Whitlow hybrid that is the result of a pre-arranged rendezvous between the US native Cypripedium parviflorum var. parviflorum and the Chinese Cypripedium henryi. This easy-to-grow selection produces 18" tall stalks, topped in mid-spring with a rich, deep yellow pouch, backed by long, twisted cinnamon sepals for a stunning contrast. Our offerings of Cypripedium 'Hank Small' are all flowering-sized plants. I couldn't figure how an orchid was named for a one-year Atlanta Braves baseball player, when Carson shared that the hybrid is actually named for its parents. Hank is a common name for one parent Cypripedium henryi, and Cypripedium parviflorum means "small"...very cute.

Cypripedium 'Ivory' (Ivory Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid) #4088

Zone: 5a to 7b,

Height: 20" tall

Culture: Light Shade

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

Cypripedium 'Ivory' is a vigorous 2008 hybrid from Konrad Koch Vatterstetten, who crossed the vigorous American native orchid Cypripedium kentuckiense with the Himalayan Cypripedium cordigerum. Cypripedium 'Ivory' has a large creamy white pouch with chartreuse yellow sepals, veined with reddish purple...often 2-3 flowers per spike. Our offerings are all flowering-sized plants.

Cypripedium japonicum (Japanese Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid) #2666

Zone: 4a to 7a,at least

Height: 10" tall

Culture: Light Shade to Shade

Origin: China, Japan

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

I'll never forget the first time I saw my Cypripedium japonicum orchid at the US National Arboretum. I had never seen anything quite this beautiful. The spectacular, heavily-pleated green leaves of Cypripedium japonicum resemble a Japanese hand fan opened horizontally atop a 6" tall stem. Held just above the foliage is a scrumptious pink ladyslipper-like flower. As you can imagine, the supply of these nursery-propagated plants is very limited. Cypripedium japonicum is not easy to grow and should only be tried by very serious gardeners and plant collectors. Plant in humus-rich soil and expect two years to re-establish well enough to flower consistently.

Cypripedium kentuckiense (Kentucky Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid) #8931

Zone: 3a to 8b,

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$38.00   
Finally, after years of growing Cypripedium kentuckiense in our gardens, we are able to share nursery seed-grown flowering plants! Native from Virginia west to Texas, the southeastern native Cypripedium kentuckiense has performed wonderfully for us, making large 18"+ tall clumps, topped in early to mid-May with large, creamy, pocketbook-shaped flowers, highlighted by dark purple twisted sepals, in turn adorned with yellow flecking. Slightly moist, organically rich soils are needed for best performance of Kentucky ladyslipper orchids. Our plants are all flowering size.

Cypripedium kentuckiense x microsaccos (Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid) #4909

Zone: 5a to 7b,

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Light Shade

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

This very rare hardy ladyslipper orchid is a cross of the American Cypripedium kentuckiense and the Asian Cypripedium microsaccos (a name the breeder uses for a natural Russian hybrid of Cypripedium calceolus x Cypripedium guttatum). The result is an exceptional hybrid with a reddish-orange pouch and twisted scarlet sepals. We are fortunate to be able to offer this new orchid hybrid before it has even been named or registered. Our offerings are all flowering-sized plants.

Cypripedium 'Kristi Lyn' Frosch® (Kristi Lyn Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid) #8924

Zone: 5a to 7b,

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Light Shade

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

Cypripedium 'Kristi Lyn' is a 2003 Paul Keisling hybrid of the American native orchid, Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens and the southern Chinese Cypripedium henryi. Cypripedium 'Kristi Lyn' produces a large yellow pouch, backed with chartreuse yellow sepals with a violet flush. Because of the Cypripedium henryi parentage, established clumps usually produce multiple flowers per stalk...quite stunning. Our offerings are all flowering-sized plants.

Cypripedium 'Lothar Pinkepank' (Lothar Pinkepank Hardy Perennial Ladyslipper Orchid) #9616

Zone: 3a to 8a,

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$90.00   
We are very excited to offer this exciting and vigorous 2005 Heinz Pinkepank hybrid of Cypripedium pubescens x Cypripedium kentuckiense. In appearance, Cypripedium 'Lothar Pinkepank' resembles Cypripedium kentuckiense except the pouch is creamy yellow, slightly smaller, and the tepals are darker cinnamon and more spiraled. How could you not like anything named Pinkepank? Our ladyslipper orchids are all flowering-sized plants...quantities are very limited.

Cypripedium 'Memoriam Shawna Austin' (Memoriam Shawna Austin Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid) #4919

Zone: 5a to 7b,

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Light Shade

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

Cypripedium 'Memoriam Shawna Austin' is a new hybrid of the Asian Cypripedium macranthos var. hotei-atsumorianum and the European Cypripedium calceolus. The result is an amazing red-violet and white streaked pouch, backed by purple streaked sepals. Cypripedium 'Memoriam Shawna Austin' is one of the latest spring flowering cypripedium hybrids. Our offerings are all flowering-sized plants.

Cypripedium 'Michael' Frosch® (Michael Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid) #8072

Zone: 5a to 7b,

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

Cypripedium 'Michael' is a 1998 Werner Frosch introduction, named for cypripedium grower Michael Weinert. Cypripedium 'Michael' is a small-growing hybrid created from a cross of two Chinese native species, Cypripedium henryi and Cypripedium macranthos. The 10-12" tall stalks, adorned with pleated green leaves, are topped in late spring with a stunning purple and white pouch, backed by three dramatically striped purple and white sepals. Moist, slightly alkaline soils work the best. Our offerings are all flowering-sized plants.

Cypripedium parviflorum var. parviflorum (Southern Yellow Ladyslipper Orchid) #2726

Zone: 4a to 7b,

Height: 15" tall

Culture: Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

(aka: Cypripedium calceolus var. parviflorum) Cypripedium parviflorum var. parviflorum is an American native ladyslipper that has been virtually unavailable from propagated stock until recently. We are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of seed grown, flowering-sized plants of this Midwest/East Coast woodland native. In very late spring, the 1' tall upright stems of Cypripedium parviflorum var. parviflorum emerge clothed with large fuzzy leaves. As they finish unfurling, you will find them topped with an exquisite, bright yellow, pouch-like flower, backed with long mahogany sepals. Once established, the clumps will develop into multiple stemmed prizes worthy of including in your will. In the wild, Cypripedium parviflorum var. parviflorum prefers moist, but well-drained sites...spread the roots out horizontally and plant shallow...only for advanced gardeners!

Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens (Giant Yellow Hardy Lady Slipper Orchid) #4341

Zone: 3a to 8a,

Height: 20" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$38.00   
(syn: Cypripedium calceolus var. pubescens) We are thrilled to be able to once again offer the wonderful American native, giant yellow ladyslipper orchid. Cypripedium pubescens makes a large clump (with age) of 20" tall stalks clothed with hairy green leaves. In May, the clumps are topped with amazing bright yellow "ladyslipper" flowers. An established clump of Cypripedium pubescens is truly a breathtaking sight! Cypripediums should be planted in compost amended soil where the roots can be spread out horizontally on top of the soil, then covered in compost since the roots do not grow into the soil like most plants. Our flowering-sized plants of Cypripedium pubescens are nursery-propagated from seed.

Cypripedium 'Paul' Frosch® (Paul Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid) #8945

Zone: 5a to 7b,at least

Height: 13" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

Cypripedium 'Paul' is a 2009 Werner Frosch hybrid of Cypripedium parviflorum v. parviflorum and Cypripedium franchetii that makes a nice clump, topped in mid-spring with 13" tall stalks of creamy-white pockets surrounded by twisted burgundy-cinnamon sepals. Our offerings of Cypripedium 'Paul' are all flowering-sized plants.

Cypripedium 'Philipp' Frosch® (Philipp Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid) #8074

Zone: 4a to 7b,at least

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$65.00   
This 1996 Werner Frosch introduction is a hybrid of the Chinese native orchid Cypripedium macranthos and the large-growing North American native Cypripedium kentuckiense. Cypripedium 'Philipp' makes a robust hybrid to nearly 2' tall, topped in late spring with large slippers of white with maroon spots near the top and backed by stunning, large, deep purple sepals often streaked white...a truly amazing plant! Our hardy ladyslipper orchids are all flowering-sized plants.

Cypripedium pubescens x shanxiense (Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid) #4921

Zone: 5a to 7b,

Height: 4" tall

Culture: Light Shade

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

This amazing cross took place between the American native Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens and the Chinese Cypripedium shanxiense. The flower is similar to Cypripedium 'Annegret' but larger, with an orange and yellow blended pouch backed by twisted scarlet sepals...so wonderful! We are thrilled to be able to offer this new hybrid before it has been named and registered. Our flowering-sized plants are in very short supply.

Cypripedium reginae (Showy Lady Slipper Orchid) #3897

Zone: 2a to 7b,

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$38.00   
The showy lady slipper is one of the most abundant Northeast US native orchid species. In June, Cypripedium reginae emerges with 18" tall stalks, each clothed in oblong velvety leaves. From mid-June to July, the stems are topped with exquisite slipper flowers...white petals at the top with a pink slipper attached below. In time, Cypripedium reginae will develop into quite a large clump. Cypripedium reginae prefers a partially open site with a moist, neutral or slightly acid soil. Cypripedium reginae and other lady slippers are not plants for beginning gardeners. These are all seed-grown, nursery-propagated plants.

Cypripedium reginae 'Alba' (White Showy Ladyslipper Orchid) #8548

Zone: 2a to 7b,

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$48.00   
We are pleased to offer the very rare white flowered form of the treasured US native, Cypripedium reginae 'Alba'. These are flowering-sized nursery-propagated from seed as a cultivar strain, so each plant is a unique clone. Cypripedium reginae is one of the latest species to emerge in spring, but when it does, the 18" tall stems are topped with white pocketbook-like flowers in late June or early July depending on your climate. Cypripedium reginae prefers a partially open site with a moist, neutral or slightly acid soil. Cypripedium reginae should only be grown by experienced gardeners, as the cost of failure is too high for novices.

Cypripedium 'Sabine Pastel' Frosch® (Sabine Pastel Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid) #9607

Zone: 5a to 7b,at least

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: China

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

Cypripedium 'Sabine Pastel' Frosch® is a rare white-flowered form of Cypripedium 'Sabine', which comes from a cross of the Chinese natives Cypripedium fasciolatum and Cypripedium macranthos. Atop the 18" stalk in early spring sits an obscenely large, Grade A egg-sized pure white flower. We have grown this orchid hybrid since 2006, and have been thrilled at its heat tolerance. Our seed-grown ladyslipper orchids are all flowering size.

Cypripedium 'Siggi' (Siggi Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid) #4920

Zone: 5a to 7b,

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Light Shade

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

Cypripedium 'Siggi' is a 2005 Heinz Pinkepank hybrid of the recently named but disputed species Cypripedium froschii and the European Cypripedium calceolus. The light pink pouch flushed with violet streaks is backed with violet-red sepals. Our offerings are all flowering-sized plants.

Cypripedium x ventricosum Frosch® (Siberian Hybrid Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid) #8075

Zone: 4a to 7b,at least

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: China, Siberia Russia

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

This rare Cypripedium x ventricosum orchid hails from that favorite vacation spot of Russian dissidents, Siberia. Cypripedium x ventricosum was long thought to be a new species until research showed it to be a natural hybrid of Cypripedium calceolus and Cypripedium macranthos...I guess anything goes when the nights get cold and lonely. The slippers range from lavender to brownish, depending on which parent contributed the most genes, and the same goes for the 3 sepals...purple to brown striped. Remember, all ladyslipper orchid hybrids are seedlings and therefore each is unique. Moist but well-drained, cool sites offer the best chance for success. Our offerings are all flowering-sized plants.

Cypripedium 'Victoria' Frosch® (Victoria Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid) #8916

Zone: 4a to 7b,

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$75.00   
Cypripedium 'Victoria' is a 2005 Peter Corkhill hardy ladyslipper orchid hybrid that combines the North American native Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens with the Asian Cypripedium fasciolatum. The resulting vigorous hybrid produces stalks topped with a creamy white pouch backed by light brown sepals. This is a similar cross of Cypripedium 'Inge' except using the larger flowered form of Cypripedium parviflorum. Our ladyslipper orchid offerings are all flowering-sized plants.

Spiranthes cernua 'Chadd's Ford' (Chadds Ford Nodding Lady's Tresses) #9235

Zone: 5a to 9b,at least

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$16.00   
(syn: Spiranthes odorata) Spiranthes cernua var. odorata 'Chadds Ford' is an easy-to-grow native orchid that ranges from Virginia south to Florida. The ground-hugging, dark-green rosettes spread slowly by short underground rhizomes, creating a nice colony when growing in moist but well-drained organic soils. In mid-September, the rosettes produce 18" tall spikes spiraled with small, white, bell-shaped flowers, emitting a delightful fragrance often described as a cross between vanilla and jasmine. Spiranthes 'Chadds Ford' was discovered in the 1960s by orchid fancier Dick Ryan just before the habitat near his hometown of Bear, Delaware, was to be developed. The flowers on Spiranthes 'Chadds Ford' were larger than normal, hence the subsequent Certificate of Cultural Merit from the American Orchid Society.


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