Growing Guide

Lady’s Slipper, Pink

Herbaceous Perennial Flower, Wildflower

Also known as Moccasin Flower
Cypripedium acaule
Orchidaceae Family

This woodland beauty bears unusual, solitary flowers with a deep pink pouch and pale maroon petals. Don't buy plants harvested from the wild, as wild populations are endangered.

Site Characteristics
  • part shade
  • full shade

Soil conditions:

  • requires acid soil
  • requires well-drained soil
  • tolerates damp soil
Requires acidic, moist, rich soil similar to native habitat in northern North American woodlands.

Hardiness zones:

  • 3 to 8
Plant Traits

Lifecycle: perennial

Ease-of-care: difficult

Height: 1 to 1.5 feet

Spread: 0.75 to 1 feet

Bloom time: mid-spring

Flower color:

  • white
  • pink

The “pouch” is a deep rosy pink and the other petals are usually pale maroon, rarely pinkish-white.

Foliage color: light green

Foliage texture: coarse

Usually has only one pair of elongated, strap-like leaves, which can be nearly 1 foot long and 3 inches wide.

Shape: herbaceous: other

Very simple plants, with one pair of leaves, and only one flower borne on a semi-pendulous stem.

Shape in flower: flower stalks with upright spikes

Single flower is borne on a semi-erect stem.

Special Considerations
Special characteristics:
  • non-aggressive
  • non-invasive
  • native to North America - Woodlands in eastern U.S. and Canada.
Growing Information
How to plant:

Propagate by division or separation - Divide carefully in the spring.

Maintenance and care:
Provide conditions as close to the high-acid, moist, rich soils present in native woodland habitat. Keep soil from drying out. Mulch with pine needles.

More growing information: How to Grow Perennials