Cypripedium 'Ivory'

Ivory Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid

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Item #: 4088

Zones: 5a to 7b

Dormancy: Winter, Fall

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.


Lady slipper orchids are maintenance free in the garden once they are established in the correct growing conditions.

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.

Natural Impacts:

Bees are the primary pollinators for lady slipper orchids, since orchids have a complex pollination mechanism built into the flowers.