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Cypripedium calceolus (Yellow lady's slipper orchid)

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skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.4m
Max height
0.4m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Cypripedium calceolus

Other names

Yellow lady's slipper orchid

Genus

Cypripedium 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

Habit

Erect flower stem

Toxicity

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

Flower

Brown, Purple, Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Bright-green in Spring; Bright-green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs Slugs

Grey mould Grey mould

General care

Propagation

Divide carefully in spring and replant immediately. Replant each division with soil from the rootball, which contains beneficial fungi.

Propagation methods

Division


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Where to grow

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)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Cypripedium calceolus

Other names

Yellow lady's slipper orchid

Genus

Cypripedium 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.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Erect flower stem

Toxicity

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


Colour

Flower

Brown, Purple, Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Bright-green in Spring; Bright-green in Summer


How to care

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.

Propagation methods

Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

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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