Photo by M. Weinert taken at Weinert Gdn, Germany
Photo by taken at B. Yinger Gdn, PA
Taiwanese Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid
Item #: 4923
Zones: 6b to 9b
Dormancy: Winter, Fall
Height: 10" tall
We are very excited to once again offer the Taiwanese ladyslipper orchid, Cypripedium formosanum, which is unfortunately now endangered in the wild. Cypripedium formosanum naturally occurs in moist, but well-draining, alkaline soils, often growing in several hours of full sun in Taiwan's central mountains, between 7,000'-9,000' elevation. Cypripedium formosanum is similar in appearance to its closest relative, Cypripedium japonicum, both with spectacular, heavily pleated, green leaves, which resemble a Japanese hand fan opened horizontally atop 6" tall stems. Held just above the foliage is a scrumptious white flower with burgundy speckled pouches. As you can imagine, our supply of seed-propagated, flowering-sized plants is limited... only for very serious gardeners and plant collectors. Moist, but well-drained, highly organic soils are needed. As with all rare plants, help us conserve by propagating and sharing.