Cypripedium reginae (SHOWY LADY’S-SLIPPER)


This regal beauty is the largest and perhaps the showiest of the North American Cypripedium species. Discovering a native population in the wild is an experience not soon forgotten. Its native haunts include fens, circumneutral swamps and bogs, and other seepage communities. When cultivated, it seems to be less demanding of these precise requirements. At our nursery, it does well in a 4:1 mix of perlite and coir and also a mineral-based medium of granite grit, Turface, pea stone, perlite, and some oyster shells.

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SHOWY LADY’S-SLIPPER (Cypripedium reginae) DESCRIPTION GOES HERE (see Associates below)


Showy lady’s slipper is the largest of North American Cypripedium species. Plants two-to-three feet in height or more are not uncommon. The slipper is white with a wash of rose-pink (rarely pure white – see var. albolabium) and the petals are white and untwisted.


Showy lady’s-slipper is classified as FACW+. In the wild, it is found in circumneutral bogs, fens, seeps, and other springy places generally in the open. Homoya (Orchids of Indiana, 1993) has this to say about the species preferred habitat in the Lower Great Lakes: “The principal habitat of Cypripedium reginae in Indiana is best defined by the effect it has on one visiting it: up to your knees (maybe higher!) in muck.” 


Cypripedium comes from the Greek word Cypris, the goddess of love and beauty, and the Latin word pedis, for foot. reginae is a reference to the species’ common name queen’s lady’s-slipper or regal lady’s-slipper.


Showy lady’s-slipper is primarily a norther species. Its range extends from Atlantic Canada and western Ontario, south through the lower Great Lakes and into the Appalachians.


Symphyotrichum puniceus (swamp aster), Pedicularis lanceolata (swamp betony), Rhus vernix (poison sumac), Solidago patula (bog goldenrod), Thelypteris palustris (marsh fern)



Additional information


near-blooming, blooming

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