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Cypripedium japonicum

Japanese Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid

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Item #: 2666

Zones: 4a to 7a, at least

Dormancy: Winter, Fall

Height: 10" tall

Culture: Light Shade to Shade

Origin: China, Japan

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

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I'll never forget the time I saw my first 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.