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Plant Details

Cypripedium acaule

Pink Lady's-slipper, Stemless Lady's-slipper

Scientific Name:

Cypripedium acaule

Genus:

Cypripedium

Species Epithet:

acaule

Common Name:

Pink Lady's-slipper, Stemless Lady's-slipper

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Dry to mesic, acid forests and woodlands, often under pine, other conifers, and/or oaks

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Notes:

This plant has very shallow, wide-spread roots and nearly impossible to transplant.

Plant in Bud

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Plants in Bloom

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© David R. McAdoo

Bloom Closeup

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David McAdoo

Another Tight Closeup of Bloom

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Black Mountain, May 2006
© MB Baumeister

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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