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Cypripedium reginae

Showy Lady'-slipper, Queen Lady's-slipper

Scientific Name:

Cypripedium reginae

Genus:

Cypripedium

Species Epithet:

reginae

Common Name:

Showy Lady'-slipper, Queen Lady's-slipper

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Native/Alien:

US Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

May

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Fens, seepage swamps, and mesic forests, over circumneutral to basic rocks, or (allegedly) in mossy wet forests under Rhododendron. Presence in NC is questionable.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

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:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

SNA: Not Applicable (*Key)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed, G4 - Apparently Secure, G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed, W4: Watch List: Rare but Believed Not Native (*Key)

Notes:

Native presence in NC questionable. NC Natural Heritage Program Global Rank: G4G5

Plants in Bloom

image

© David R. McAdoo

Closeup of Bloom

image

© David R. McAdoo

In White - Cypripedium reginae alba

image

© David R. McAdoo

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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