Cypripedium reginae (SHOWY LADY’S-SLIPPER)


This regal beauty is the largest and perhaps the showiest of our native orchids and discovering a native population in the wild is certainly not an experience soon forgotten. It is a northern species whose range extends from Atlantic Canada and western Ontario, south through the lower Great Lakes and into the Appalachians. Homoya (Orchids of Indiana, 1993) has this to say about the orchid’s preferred habitat: “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.” Indeed, it demands moisture and an open aspect to thrive. Its native haunts include fens, circumneutral swamps and bogs, and other seepage communities. It’s well-worth the effort of accommodating these preferences, if you don’t have them naturally on your property. 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.

SKU: SPV-CYPREG Category: Tags: , ,


Height: 50–90 cm
Color: sepals white or cream white; lip white or white streaked with crimson-magenta
Season: blooms early June to mid-July (Great Lakes region)
Habitat: seepage communities such as fens, lake borders, not-too-acidic swamps and bogs, wet mossy woods
Exposure: needs bright, open aspect, but appreciates dappled shade of willows and other thicket shrubs
Associates: 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

Scroll to Top