Large yellow lady's slipper

machellerMay 29, 2009

I found a thread on GardenWeb forums about places to buy yellow lady's slipper only 2 days ago and now I cannot find it. Does anyone know a garden plant supplier that sells yellow lady's slipper preferably Cypripedium calceolus? If so, please help. There was a beautiful grouping of lady's slippers at my grandmother's house and I'd rather buy some for my own garden than try to transplant them from her home... I don't want to disturb their environment! Please help!

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lycopus(z5 NY)

You could try the sources listed in this thread: http://www.slippertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1007

Some of the links are dead, probably because they are for companies offering "rescues", which is a nice way of saying they bought land and dug up the orchids to sell. Others are reputable companies that offer Cypripediums grown from seed. You may have to wait awhile but laboratory propagated orchids will have the best chance of survival and do not impact wild populations.

I've been considering trying to grow this species in vitro. Will probably fail but might be fun to try.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2009 at 10:51PM
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penngardener(z6a PA)

I purchased all my ladyslippers from Vermont Ladyslipper Company.

They sell high-quality bare-root plants (though somewhat pricey, as are all lab-propagated ladyslippers) which are doing well in my garden. The cultural instructions they send with each order are an excellent resource for planting.

Here is a link that might be useful: Vermont Ladyslipper Company

    Bookmark   May 31, 2009 at 10:46PM
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kwoods(Cold z7 Long Is)

Isn't calceolus the european yellow? Pubescens is the large native yellow, parviflorum the small native yellow.

Here is a thread w/ a bunch of sources listed old cyp thread

    Bookmark   June 3, 2009 at 11:15AM
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lycopus(z5 NY)

Depends on your source. Some authorities regard our large yellow lady's slippers as C. calceolus var. pubescens and the smaller one as C. calceolus var. parviflorum.

The Flora of North America project views our species as C. parviflorum and recognizes three varieties: var. pubescens, var. parviflorum, and var. makasin.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2009 at 12:07AM
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