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Cypripedium calceolus (Yellow lady's slipper orchid)

Skill rating
Advanced
skill rating
Maintenance level
1 hour care
per year
Ultimate height
0.4m
Max height
Ultimate spread
0.4m
Max spread
Time to maturity
2-5 years
To maturity
Toxic - Parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested. Handling plant may cause skin irritation.
Low
Toxicity

Botanical name: Cypripedium calceolus

Other names: Yellow lady's slipper orchid

Genus: Cypripedium

Species: C. calceolus - C. calceolus is a deciduous, terrestrial orchid with ovate to elliptic, bright green leaves and, in summer, purple-brown flowers with prominent, yellow lips.


Cypripedium calceolus is: Deciduous

Flower: Brown, Purple, Yellow in Summer

Foliage: Bright-green in Spring; Bright-green in Summer

Habit: Erect flower stem

Toxicity: Parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested. Handling plant may cause skin irritation.

Watch out for

Specific pests: Slugs

Specific diseases: Grey mould

General care

Propagation: Divide carefully in spring and replant immediately. Replant each division with soil from the rootball, which contains beneficial fungi.. REGISTER to read more...

Propagation methods: Division. REGISTER to read more...


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Cypripedium calceolus (Yellow lady's slipper orchid) will reach a height of 0.4m and a spread of 0.4m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses: Beds and borders, Containers, Rock, Underplanting, Woodland

Cultivation: Grows best in humus-rich, moist but well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil in partial shade. Will tolerate full sun if soil is kept moist. Mulch annually with leaf mould. In pots, grow in equal parts loam-based compost, grit and humus-rich compos

Soil type: Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH: Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: South, East, West

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)


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