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propagating perennials: Cypripedium reginae-Lady’s Slipper Orchid
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cypripedium reginae-Lady’s Slipper Orchid

Propagating Lady’s Slipper Orchid takes patience and digging it up from its natural habitat is prohibited. It is a native to North America and is the state flower of New Hampshire and is hardy from Zones 3-8 but in warmer zones it prefers cooler areas similar to ferns with acidic type soil. Its height can reach 2-3' and blooms from late spring to early summer and blooms are a light pink to white. It’s growth spreads by rhizomes and propagating them isn’t hard but they take a while to mature and it is best done either in the spring or fall but don’t expect flowers until the second year.

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