Cypripedium kentuckiense (KENTUCKY LADY’S-SLIPPER)


Kentucky lady’s-slipper is certainly a show-stopper. It flaunts the largest lip of the cold-hardy Cyps and is an altogether imposing plant, especially when encountered in the wild. Before the 1970s, when it was described as a new species, C. kentuckiense was considered a pale, southern form of the large yellow lady’s-slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens). This orchid’s native range is  confined to the southern United States and grows on the sandy floodplains of small streams.

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Height: 35–97 cm
Color: sepals and petals are greenish yellow, often streaked with green or brown; lip pale yellow
Season: mid May to early June (Southern USA)
Habitat: deciduous woods and forests, sandy floodplains; well-drained, acidic soils.
Exposure: part shade

main photo by Greg Gilbert (CC BY 2.0)

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