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Cypripedium arietinum

Cypripedium guttatum alaskanum

Ram's head Lady's slipper
North America
H: 15-30 cm (6-12 in)
3rd year plants
Z: 3-5 pH: 5-6

Blooming: End of May to June

The smallest of the lady's slippers, this flower is striking for its pointy white pouch with red veins and white hairs, surrounded by a pair of brown sepals and petals, giving the impression of a ram's head. Light cherry fragrance. One of the rarest North American orchids.

Cypripedium species normally bloom after their 5th or 6th year (cycle) of growth. Mature plants have already bloomed or are of blooming size.