Slipper Orchids are a subfamily of exotic-looking orchids scientifically called Cypripedioideae. Though they might look like tropical jungle inhabitants, these beauties come from cool and tough climates of Europe, Asia, and North America. If your garden is too cold for other orchids – try planting these greenies. You won’t be disappointed!
There are more than 50 types of slipper orchids, but they all share one trait – an inflated pouch or modified lip that resembles a shoe or slipper. In different species, this slipper can be very tiny or grow up to the size of a chicken egg. Slipper orchids’ flowers can be white, yellow, pink, and purple.
These rhizomatous perennials prefer cool climates and can survive cold winters. They became sought-after because of their hardiness and striking looks, and now many species are endangered. Do not bring slipper orchids from the wild into your garden – they will not survive acclimatization.