Ordering of Available Orchid Species

I will not be selling/shipping orchids in the Spring of 2018 due to unforeseen circumstances. I plan to sell/ship orchids in the Spring of 2019.

Under normal circumstances 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. I do not sell orchids in the State of Washington. I gave up my business license in Washington State because of all of the trouble with computing sales tax for the myriad of small municipalities.

Plants are arranged in alphabetical order by genus.

North American, European and Asian Species

Calanthe reflexa

This is a beautiful evergreen species native to Japan. It possess several elongated pleated leaves emerging from a pseudobulb. It is hardy to zones 7-9 although I maintained it in St. Louis which is in zone 5 (hot as hell in summer and can be below 0 F in winter). In its native habitat it grows in wet woods, on seepage slopes, and along streams. In cultivation a humus rich well-drained soil is recommended. Unlike other Calanthes it blooms in late summer. Legally imported from Japan with CITES documentation @$24.

Calanthe tricarinata- three keeled Calanthe

This is another one of the beautiful Calanthe orchids distributed from Japan, Korea, China, and India. It is a spring flowering orchid with spikes15 inches tall. The foliage is evergreen unless the temperature drops below 10F. It is a woodland species which in cultivation likes moist well-drained soil. Imported legally from Japan with CITES documentation@$30


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. I grow this species in a mixture of fine ocean beach sand and peat moss. Grows to about 30 cm in height. Does best in full sun. This is a great bog plant that multiplies by offset corms. Possesses numerous flowers on the inflorescence. Flowers from April to June depending on geographic location. One inch or more sized tubers which should bloom this year @$12.

Calopogon tuberosus alba - Grass Pink

calopogon tuberosus alba

This is the white mutant of the grass pink. 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. They are also more difficult to propagate from seed-- They seem to grow slower in flask. Grow them in the mix as for the pink form. Three-eights inch sized tubers that will probably bloom in one more growing seasons @$12.

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. I grew this species for one season and it did great- most plants bloomed. The only problem is that it sold out quickly.This species is known from Japan, Taiwan, and China. The plants offered are adult plants legally imported from Japan with a CITES documentatin @ $20. In Stock now.

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. This species propagates easily from seed but in Ocean Shores it grows slowly probably because the summer are too cool (65 F most days) In its native habitat in the Siskiyou Mountains of Oregon daytime temperaturs often get into the the 90s. In culture requires wet or moist soil. 2 year seedlings@$9.00. Sold out for this year.

Cypipedium candidum- Small White Ladyslipper

The small white lady slipper is one of the smallest North American ladyslippers. It is found in the eastern US and Canada but has suffered a major decline in much of the US. It has a distinctive habitat being found in wet prairies and fens in full sunlight. Many populations have declined because of shading. It is found in calcareous soils. Vernalized bare-root seedlings@$6.50

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. I have had limited success with this species. It is a difficult species. I will not carry this species again.


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.

Grow Your Own Plants -Seed of maroon Cypripedium Kentuckiense, 5 seed pods @$20. Check the "Propagation From Seed Protocol" listed on the Home Page for information on propagation using seed.


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. Vernalized bare-root seedlings@$6.

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. Vernalized bare-root seedlings ( Missouri stock)@$6.

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, vernalized bare-root seedings$6.

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. Out of Stock. See Spangle Creek lab's website.


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. Adult plants of Asian origin imported from Japan with CITES documentation@$24.


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 of a mixture of red and yellow forms @$8.00.

Eleorchis japonica- white form

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 whitish flower. This species commonly has pink flowers but what is being offered is the rare white forms. 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. This species would probably do well in a variety of moist media. Adult plants(tubers) imported legally from Japan with CITES documentation@$15.


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). A few adult plants from divisions of rhizomes @$15.

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. 1-year in soil seedlings $9.00, Mature plants @$15.


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. A few adult plants available@$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. A few adult divisions available@$15.


Epipactis thunbergii- Japanese stream orchid

The japanese stream orchid is distributed in Japan, China, and Korea. Hardy in zone 5 or better. Possesses rhizomes which spread quickly in the right environment. I have grown this species in a sphagnum bog both in St. Louis and in Ocean Shores, WA. It does quite well but I observed some rotting of rhizomes when they were waterlogged. A less wet soil environment is needed. Possesses numerous flowers in the inflorescence. Adult plants imported legally from Japan with CITES documentation@$20.

Galearis spectabilis- Showy Orchis

The showy orchis is found in the eastern and midwestern US. It is commonly found in the valleys of deciduous forests. I have observed this species in the Missouri Ozarks growing in creeks bottom. It is definitely a shade loving species which flowers in May before the deciduous tree canopy becomes fully developed. The most confusing aspect of this species is its soil requirement. I have found this species in the Ozarks growing in heavy red clay soils. This does not seem to be an anomaly because I have also received adult specimens from Tennessee whose tubers were covered with clay. Orchids growing in clay soils is very un-orchid like. This species is very difficult to maintain in cultivation- not recommended for the beginner. This is one of my favorite orchids which I am still attempting to maintain in cultivation. This species to my knowledge has not been propagated from seed although numerous individuals have tried and failed. Rarely offered by anyone in the US. Adult plants@$20.

Gymnadenia conopsea- Fragrant Marsh Orchid

The fragrant marsh orchid is a large orchid (9-23 inches tall) fround in northern Europe and Asia. It is found in mountain meadows, grasslands, and fens. Grows in siliceous and calcareous soils.. Reproduces by underground tubers and by seed. An attractive plant. Adult plants imported from Japan with Cites documentation@$15.


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 @$10.

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, Adult plants @$20.

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 japonica- Asian Pogonia

This species is very similar to the Rose Pogonia shown below.The two species are sister taxa. The Asian Pogonia is native to Japan, Korea, and China. According to the Native Orchids of China it is found in moist places on grassy slopes, in sparse woods, or along ravines. This implies that it may be a fen species as is the rose pogonia in the US. Adult plants imported from Japan with CITES documentation@$30.

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.

Spiranthes sinensis-

Spiranthes sinensis is a widely distributed orchid found in Siberia, throughout Asia to Australia and even extending to some Pacific Islands. This wide distribution indicates its weedy nature, a trait not often seen in orchids. Found in wet or rocky places including open grassy slopes and even on roadsides. Forms a rosette of leaves in the Fall which continue to grow even in winter. By Spring the rosette leaves are 12 cm long. Form a spike in Mid-June which grows to15-40 cm. Flowers in July. Seed sets quickly. For Spiranthes lovers this is an attractive alternative to the typical white/yellow flowers. The flowers are various shades of pink. Adult plants imported legally from Japan with CITES documentation@$10.

Orchids of Greece Coming Soon

Recently, I have acquired seed of orchids from Greece and its surrounding islands. The orchids are adapted to a mediterranean climate meaning that they like hot dry summers and cool wet winters. All of the species go dormant in the summer after flowering early in the Spring. Late in the fall this species resprouts with basal leaves which grow all winter sending up a flowering spike in early Spring. These species would be great for a orchid lover living in California which also has a mediterranean climate. These species are propagated very differently from Cypripedium orchids. The seeds are germinated in the dark at room temperature in early Fall and grow until the protocorms are approximately3-4 mm in diameter. At this point all of the following species require a 10-12 weeks cool period at 8-12 degrees Celsius under low light. During this period the shoots become photosynthetic (unlike Cypripediums) and grow. The cool/light period requirement was discovered by orchid experts Nystrom and Malmgren from Sweden. After the cool period the developing photosynthetic shoots are placed in warm bright light where they grow rapidly until May or June when they can be de-flasked. The seedlings are transplanted into pots and are allowed to go dormant until Fall when they re-sprout basal leaves. I hope to be offering these newly de-flasked seedlings in June or July. Here is the list of the five species I hope to offer this summer.

Anacamptis Fragrans- The Bug Orchid


Anacamptis papillonacea- Butterfly Orchid



Orchis quadripunctata- Four-Spotted Orchis


Orchis punctulatum - Small-Spotted Orchis

This species is the largest of the Orchis genus with the inflorescence growing to 100 cm. This is a very rare orchid rarely propagated and rarely offered anywhere. I have about 30 corms of this species which are now dormant. Once they start to re-sprout in late summer I will make a few of these available. Needs the mediterranean climate of California. Interested orchid lovers need to search the web for its soil requirments.



Serapias cordigera- Heart Flowered Serapias