10 responses to “Cypripedium reginae”

  1. Jenn

    Do you think they might do well if I put them on a berm in a created bog? Or might that be too much water?

  2. Janice

    what wonderful picture….I appreciate the picture and the enlightening discription.
    thank you

  3. Daniel Mosquin

    Jenn, my understanding is that it can indeed withstand bog conditions, but it is perhaps not ideal. The berm of a created bog sounds like it should be fine, though.
    Janice, thank you.

  4. Jenn

    Thank you!

  5. Roger

    When I was a boy in Massachusetts, we lived near a marshy woodland area where these grow. I was told it was a crime to disturb them. Is that true?

  6. Sharon Coombs

    Hi: My husband and I go every spring on a lady slipper hunt, his Grandfather always took him, we just love them, funny, I’ve never thought of taking my camera, I guess nothing compares to seeing them in the wild. I was un-aware that you could buy them, I have the right conditions for their growth, could you tell me where I might purchase a lady slipper, it would make a great birthday present for my husband. Thank-you in advance,

  7. Daniel Mosquin

    Hello Sharon – I like to keep BPotD as non-commercial as possible, so I’d prefer sourcing plants discussions to be posted to the garden’s discussion forums.

  8. matamoros

    One more note for those of you who like lady slippers so much that you want to try to rip them out of the ground and bring them home…
    they are very rare and in the wild it takes some 17 years of growth before they bloom. For them to germinate, they require very exacting conditions, including the presence of a fungus in the soil.
    Don’t rip them out of the ground, not only is it illegal, but they are not tolerant of being moved and will certainly die.
    Better to buy your lady slippers from a company which cultures them in-vitro like “The Vermont Lady Slipper Company”. They are biologists (husband and wife team) and they have sped up the blooming process to six years (over the 17 years that wild ladyslipper orchids require).
    They have gotten the business of reproducing these rare terrestrial orchids down to a science! Not only that, but they can export them and will produce the CITES paperwork for you. I have just bought my first two orchids from them and have just planted them today!

  9. Michael.C.Mason

    Hi my name is Michael.C.Mason and I have seen one of these plants Cypripedium Reginae today June 29th 2009 when out on a walking trail with my family. I managed to take a few pictures on my blackberry, I wish I had taken my camera (to have better resoultion) but I think I managed to take a few good pictures. I do not know much about this plant however looking at it in the wild seemed that it was kind of special.I decided to look for the name under Irises(Since it looked slighlty like a bearded Iris) as I thought perhaps it was a wild kind of Iris, then tried Wildflowers and I found it under that category. I am just happy to share this information.

  10. Dave Wolfe

    I have seen this beauty growing in a road side ditch on the Bruce peninsula Ont Can. from my reading this and all orchids require a specific Mycorrhizal fungi living in the soil to live, let alone reproduce. take pictures and leave them alone. Just be glad you got the chance to even see one.They are so beautiful.

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