Taiwanese Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid
Item #: 4923
Zones: 6b to 9b
Height: 10" tall
Culture: Light Shade to Shade
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?
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.