Exclusive Species/ Cypripedium calceolus – European Lady slipper


This is the only Cypripedium that you can find growing in Western Europe. It grows in Austria, and Switzerland, but also in Scandinavian countries and even in the U.K., although it is extremely rare there. Flowers of this species are small, though more than one flower stalks appear on each plants, many of which are adorned with multiple flowers.

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Height25-45 cm
Flower sizeCa. 5-7 cm.
ColorYellow calyx, surrounded by brown red petals
Flowering timeApril - May
SiteIn nature the plant grows high in the mountains, even in a clearing, grows best on semi-shaded spots under trees or shrubs in a neutral or alkaline soil.
Growth habitLeaves arrive first in late spring, followed by flowers during late spring until early summer, all growth above ground level disappears in autumn like a perennial
In bloomApril – June
Hardiness -25 / +25 0 Celsius
UseGrows in the garden or in a large container
WaterWater regularly, roots should not be in water continuously
FertilizationJust like other perennials, preferably organic manure
ExtraBest to remove the old leaves when the plant has died off completely