Photo by Anthura taken at Holland
Cypripedium 'Cleo Pinkepank'
Cleo Pinkepank Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid
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Item #: 9787
Zones: 5a to 7b
Dormancy: Winter, Fall
Height: 12" tall
(aka: Cypripedium 'Kentucky Pink') Cypripedium 'Cleo Pinkepank' is a 1998 Heinz Pinkepank cross of the North American native Cypripedium kentuckiense and the Japanese Cypripedium macranthos var. hotei-atsumorianum. The 1' tall plant produces a terminal flower composed of a lovely pouch...violet red on top and white below, backed by violet veined sepals...scrumptious, but I'd buy this for the name. Our offerings are all flowering-sized plants.
Lady slipper orchids are maintenance free in the garden once they are established in the correct growing conditions.
Cypripedium prefer soils that are very well drained, and rich in compost. In containers, we like to add Permatill (popped slate) or a Pumice like product. Average moisture levels are great, but be certain soils do not remain waterlogged.
Lady slipper orchids are woodland plants, and most species do not have any sun tolerance. We have found that light, high shade is ideal.
Planting is critical, as roots must be spread horizontally just below the soil surface and not stuck deep in the ground as is the case with virtually all other plants. The growth bud should be planted just below the soil surface.
Bees are the primary pollinators for lady slipper orchids, since orchids have a complex pollination mechanism built into the flowers.