Ordering of Available Orchid Species

Cypripediums.com receives orders for orchids year round but shipping of plants is confined from March 5 to May 15 each year. Ordering of plants is accomplished by emailing me your selections at Aspinwalln@aol.com. Upon receiving your order I will email you an invoice. All orders, large or small, incur a $12.35 shipping and handling fee. There is a minimum order of 5 seedlings or 2 mature plants. Payment is by cash, check, or preferably by paypal. My paypal account is: Aspinwalln@aol.com.

I do not ship orchids outside of the United States.

Plants are arranged in alphabetical order by genus.

North American, European and Asian Species


Calopogon tuberosus - Common Grass Pink

grass pink

The grass pink is one of several closely related species. It is widely distributed in the eastern half of the United States ranging from as far west as Texas, as far north as Maine, and as far south as the Florida everglades. It is also found in Canada, the Bahamas, and Cuba. The grass pink typically inhabits wet habitats whether they be acidic bogs or alkaline fens. This plant almost requires bog conditions for successful growing. Grows to about 30 cm in height. Does best in full sun. Possesses numerous flowers on the inflorescence. Flowers from April to June depending on geographic location. One-half inch or more sized tubers which may bloom this year @$15. One-quarter inch to three-eights inch sized tubers which will likely bloom in two growing seasons @ $10. This is a great bog plant that multiplies by offset tubers over time.

Calopogon tuberosus alba - Grass Pink

calopogon tuberosus alba

This is the white mutant of the grass pink. It shows just as good viability as the normal pink variety.These have not flowered yet so I can't guarantee that they will be white. These are a product of a white flower X white flower cross. I will refund purchase price or will replace with previously white flowered plants if they turn out to be pink colored. This white form does not seem to be as strong as the pink variety. One-quarter to three-eights inch sized tubers that will probably bloom in two more growing seasons @$15.

Cypripedium debile - Dwarf Cypripedium

Cypripedium debile is a dwarf herbaceous perennial orchid of moist woodlands. Like its cousin Cypripedium japonicum, the two small nearly heart shaped leaves sit atop a short stem that is between 4-8 cm. In nature these can form scattered yet extensive colonies. The roots are few and short, reportedly growing between layers of leaf humus. This species should be grown in a more organic mix, say 50% leaf mold from deciduous trees and 50% perlite. This species is known from Japan, Taiwan, and China. The plants offered are adult plants legally imported from Japan with a CITES permit @ $20. Out of stock now but will have a new supply in the Spring of 2018.

Cypripedium californicum- California Ladyslipper

Cypripedium californicum

The California ladyslipper is a narrow endemic restricted to the Siskiyou Mountains of southwestern Oregon and Northwestern California. It is found in wet meadows and near streams. It is often associated with the pitcher plant Darlingtonia californicum in wet meadows in full sun. The plant grows to about 60 cm. The inflorescence is tall possessing up to 10-12 flowers. In culture requires wet or moist soil. 2 year-in-soil seedlings growing in soil @$9.00 (sold out for this season- more will be available next year).


Cypripedium formosanum

Cypripedium formosanum is an orchid restricted to the central mountains of Taiwan at an elevation of 2,000-3000 meters. Although Taiwan straddles the Tropic of Cancer and should be tropical in nature, this plant is really a temperate plant because it grows at higher elevations where it is cooler. This is a distinctive Cypripedium because of its two fan-shaped pleated leaves. This species can form large colonies if grown under the proper conditions. Reproduces asexually by underground rhizomes. Plants planted last year have already produced additional shoots. Grows best in raised beds rather than pots in hot climates apparently because the roots stay cooler. Can tolerate pretty warm summer conditions unlike most asian cypripediums. Likes bright shade. Mature plants imported legally with CITES documentation from Japan@ $50.

Cypripedium japonicum

Cypripedium japonicum is an orchid species closely related to Cypripedium formosanum. However, it is a much larger species almost double in size. This species has a much larger distribution found over much of central China, the Korean Peninsula, and main islands of Japan. It closely resembles formosanum except that the lip is suffused with purple-red striations and blotches. Also, the sepals of japonicum are light green in color in contrast to the pink sepals of formosanum. This species can endure higher summer temperatures than most other Cypripediums. Grows best in bright shade. This species is difficult to propagate from mature seed in contrast to formosanum. Mature plants imported legally from Japan with CITES documentation.@$60.


Cypripedium kentuckiense- Kentucky Ladyslipper

maroon petaled form with ivory lip


A Nice Group of Maroon Petaled Kentuckiense



Bright Yellow Flowered Kentuckiense

The kentucky ladyslipper is distributed in the southern states of the U.S. from Kentucky west to Texas. It is found in alluvial deposits in floodplain oak-hickory forests always under strong shade. It is typically associated with damp or completely wet soils where I have studied it in Arkansas. Grows to 80 cm in the correct habitat. Each plant typically has a single inflorescence. Most plants have maroon petals and an ivory slipper ( = lip) but one population in Arkansas has a bright yellow slipper). This population is likely a normal kentuckiense population which historically has been introgressed from Cyp. pubescens. This bright yellow form has the large stature of typical kentuckiense.There are no known populations of Cyp. pubescens presently found nearby. Cyp. kentuckiense seems to prefer sandy soil with some humus and must be well watered. 2-year-in-soil bright yellow slipper form @$9.00, 2 year-in-soil maroon petals @$9.00, Vernalized bright yellow bare-root seedlings @$7.00. Blooming size maroon form with multiple shoots @40.00


Cypripedium parviflorum - Lesser Yellow Ladyslipper

The lesser yellow ladyslipper is one of the most widely distributed ladyslippers in the United States and Canada being excluded from the dry areas of the desert southwest and florida. Vernalized bareroot seedlings will be available in the Spring of 2018.



Cypripedium pubescens- greater yellow ladyslipper

greater yellow ladyslipper

Like the lesser yellow ladyslipper, the greater yellow ladyslipper has a wide distribution throughout the United States and Canada. The two species differ primarily, as their common names imply, in the size of the flower. In Missouri, the greater ladyslipper is found on slopes above valley floors in oak hickory forests. They are rarely found on the valley floors. Not available in 2017.

Cypripedium reginae- Showy ladyslipper


The showy or queen's ladyslipper is a cypripedium primarily of the northern states from Minnesota to Maine and eastern Canada. It prefers wet habitats with calcareous soils (basic pH). In Minnesota it is widely distributed in many wet habitats and can tolerate full sun. However, in the southern part of its range in Missouri it is restricted to calcareous fens in shaded valleys only receiving full sun part of the day. Grows to 70 cm and typically possesses a single inflorescence. While very easy to propagate from seed establishment of plants in outdoor culture is difficult. I have killed thousands of reginae seedlings trying to establish them in raised beds. I believe that the extreme summer heat of Missouri is detrimental. Recommended only for cooler summer climates. Being native to Minnesota the showy ladyslipper can tolerate very cold winters. 2 year-in-soil plants @$9.00.

Cypripedium ventricosum

Color Variation in Cypripedium ventricosm





Cypripedium ventricosum is a naturally occurring hybrid between Cypripedium calceolus and Cypripedium macranthos. Wherever these two species occur Cypripedium ventricosum is found. This natural hybrid is found from Russia across northern Asia to Sakhalin Island. As might be expected of a hybrid there is considerable variability in flower color as is illustrated in the photos above. In my collection of this species I have ones with pink sepals and pink lips, pure white flowers, pure yellow flowers, and ones with reddish sepals and pink lips. I don't have experience with whether the various color forms breed true. Plants available this year are the pink sepals and pink lips form and the reddish sepals and pink lip form. The plants offered have been imported from Japan under a CITES permit. Plants offered are mature plants @$40. Vernalized bare root seedlings (seeds are a mixture of white and pink parentage, mostly pink) @8.00


Cypripedium Kentuckiense (female parent) X Cypripedium pubescens (male parent) Hybrid

This is a nice hybrid between kentuckiense and pubsescens. This artificial hybrid should be similar to the yellow petaled/pouched Cyp. kentuckiense found naturally in Arkansas and thought to be an historical introgressed plant. 2-year-in-soil seedling @$8.00. Out of stock.



Cypripedium yatabeanum

Cypripedium yatabeanum is an arctic zone species distributed in Alaska and Northern Asia. Because of its northerly distribution it is recommended for those living in the northern tier of states. Seems to be an easy grower. Seed donated by William Steele from Spangle Creek Labs. Vernalized bare root seedlings @8.00.


Dactylorhiza aristata - The keyflower

Dactylorhiza aristata

The keyflower is an orchid distributed in Alaska and eastern Asia. The photo above represents variety kodiakensis which is found on Kodiak Island and on the Aleutian chain. I saw this orchid by the thousands on Kodiak Island and at Dutch Harbor in the Aleutians. It is a short plant up to 40 cm tall. It is found on open tundra, meadows, and bogs in full sun. Because of its northern distribution it is only recommended for culture only in the northern tier of states in the U.S. It probably cannot tolerate the summer heat in other areas of the U.S. Zones 5-9. Vernalized bare root seedlings from Alaskan origin will be available in 2018.


Dactylorhiza purpurella- Northern Marsh Orchid

Dactylorhiza purpurella

The northern marsh orchid is found in Northwestern Europe- United Kingdom, Norway, and Sweden. It is a stocky plant with unspotted to finely spotted leaves and a compressed inflorescence possessing 10-30 flowers. It is very cold adapted and lives in wet meadows. Flowers in late Spring to early Summer. Vernalized bare root seedlings @$9.00

Dactylorhiza sambucina- Elder-flowered orchid


Red Form

Yellow Form

The elder-flowered orchid is an orchid of central and southern Europe. Its habitat is dry meadows with siliceous or calcareous soils at elevations of 300 to 2000 meters. It obviously grows well in full sun. The plant is of short stature being only 10-40 cm. The inflorescence is 15-20 cm tall. Flowering occurs in mid-April to early July. Many of the populations are a mixture of plants with either light yellow or red color. The seed source for these plants is Bulgaria. Vernalized bare root seedlings, yellow form @$8.00 or a mixture of red and yellow forms @$8.00.

Eleorchis japonica

Eleorchis japonica is native to Russia, the southern Kuril Islands, and Japan where it is found in sphagnum bogs. It is a small orchid with the stem resembling a blade of grass but with an attractive pinkish flower. Stems sprout from a bulb which reproduces vegetatively each year as new bulblets. Blooms in St. Louis in May. Can tolerate full sun. Contrary to some opinion that it requires cool temperatures it does quite well in hot, humid St. Louis. It is very hardy down to at least Zone 5 perhaps colder. If you have a sphagnum bog this is the perfect orchid for you. I am presently out of stock of this species. Will have this species back in stock in 2018.


Epipactis gigantea- stream orchid


Epipactis gigantea


Green leaved form of the Stream Orchid

The stream orchid is distributed in western North America from British Columbia to central Mexico. It is a large plant up to 1 meter in height and is typically associated with water, ie it is typically found alongside streams and rivers where it often seeks shelter under streamside bushes. Flowering sized plants (seed source is the Illinois River in Oregon). Out of stock.

Epipactis gigantea- Stream Orchid- Serpentine Night Variety


Purpled leaved form of the stream orchid = Serpentine Night

This is a variety of the stream orchid which possess purple leaves. It is found in Northern California. Like the typical variety it reproduces very well by underground rhizomes. Vernalized bare root seedlings @$7.50. 1-year in soil seedlings $9.00, Mature plants @$30.


Epipactis palustris- Marsh Helleborine



Epipactis palustris is a widespread orchid in Europe and Asia often being found in large colonies. It's habitat includes damp grasslands, springs, and fens. Prefers wet sites with mostly neutral to alkaline groundwater. The species grows in full sun. It spreads rapidly by underground rhizome. Adult plants @$10.


Epipactis royleana

Epipactis royleana is similar in appearance to Epipactis gigantea from the western United States. It is found in China, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India. This is a moderate sized plant ranging in height from 32 to 45 cm. It bears around 15 flowers on a tall inflorescence. In its native habitat it is found on grassy slopes often near damp places next to rivers and streams. Prefers partial shade. The flowers are a very attractive reddish/pinkish. I have not had success germinating the seed of this species but it spreads rapidly by underground rhizomes. Very hardy as one would expect of a plant from the Himalaya Mountains. Presently out of stock.


Platanthera blephariglottis- White Fringed Orchid

The white fringed orchid is a widely distributed orchid ranging from Newfoundland and Nova Scotia south along the coastal plain to Florida and Mississippi, west through the southern Appalachian Mountains. Throughout its wide range it occurs mainly in damp, acid sands or in sphagnum bogs. As can be seen in the photo 20-45 white fringed flowers are borne on a single inflorescence. Closely related to Platanthera conspicua its sister species in the south. These species should do well in artificial sphagnum bog habitats. I have tried repeatedly to acquire mature tubers of this species but to no avail- the tubers always turned out to be a different species. I have finally acquired a reliable source of the seed of this species which I have propagated from seed. Vernalized bare root seedlings of this species will be available in 2018.

Platanthera ciliaris - Orange fringed orchid

The orange fringed orchid is distributed in the southeastern United States from Texas to New Hampshire. It prefers moist habitats with sandy acidic soils and is often found in wet meadows. The plant can reach 100 cm tall with 2-5 leaves. Produces a flowering stalk of 30-75 flowers. Flowers in late summer or early fall. Zones 6-9. 1 year-in-soil seedlings @$10, Vernalized bare root seedlings @$8.00.

Platanthera integrilabia- Monkey-face Orchis

The monkey-face orchid is a rare orchid distributed in the southeastern US from Virginia to Texas. In the southeastern US it is globally threatened with most populations quite small. It resembles the northern and southern bog orchid except that the lip is not fringed and possesses a very long spur. Six to 15 flowers are found on the inflorescence. Plants range in height from 25-60 cm. In nature and in culture this species forms colonies by multiplication of tubers. Habitat is seepage bogs and the headwaters of streams always in moist conditions. This is a rare orchid not available from any other source in the US. Presently I have 1 year-in-flask plants which are presently being vernalized. Some of the flasks will be grown under lights for another year of growth. Vernalized bare root seedlings @$10.

Pogonia ophioglossoides- Rose Pogonia

Pogonia ophioglossoides

The rose pogonia orchid is distributed in the eastern halves of the United States and Canada. In concordance with its distribution this orchid is fully hardy. The habitat of this orchid is sphagnum bogs and alkaline fens. It can tolerate a range of pHs as evidenced by being found both in acid bogs and alkaline fens. This is a small plant no taller than about 20 cm. Typically, a single flower per stem flowers during May. Individuals purchasing this plant should realize its absolute requirement for a wet environment. I have personally failed twice to maintian this species because I didn't provide adequate water. Grows nicely potted in living sphagnum if you can maintain the water level. I have had no success in germinating the mature seed of this species. Fortunately, it propagates vegetatively by underground rhizomes. In one summer, the underground rhizomes of this species grew almost the length of a 8-foot long bog. Very aggressive. Presently out of stock.