Hello Native Plant Lovers!

We have a proposition for you: Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchids. They are not native plants in their pure, wild form. But they are hybrids that involve our native species and look like our native species but are much easier to grow.

If only 100% true natives are your thing and this idea is abhorrent to you, pray avert your eyes and delete this email.

If natives are important to you but you are also intrigued by the idea of enhancing your native garden with native hybrids that fit the native aesthetic, read on, dear gardener!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

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Hardy Lady's Slippers for the Native Plant Garden
Grow hybrid Cypripedium that look like our natives but are much easier to grow!

For native plant lovers that have pined away at the exquisite beauty of our native species of lady's slipper orchids or, worse yet, had the misfortune of killing them in their garden (I've done it!), we have a much easier option for you. Below you will find 5 different hybrid lady's slippers that are crosses between our native species and other Cypripedium species that are much easier to grow and that should thrive in your garden. Have a look!

Cypripedium parviflorum Hybrids - Our native yellow lady's slipper C. parviflorum can be grown in gardens and when happy it can do well. But sometimes it's hard to figure out how to keep it happy and plants can dwindle over a few years to nothing or can be the lost quite quickly when they suddenly don't come up one spring.

The following four hybrids are all crosses with C. parviflorum and other species. They look just like C. parviflorum but they have hybrid vigour which means they are much easier to grow and bulk up fast into spectacular clumps. Now you can have the beauty of our native yellow lady's slipper with the ease of growth offered by hybrid Cypripedium.

Cypripedium 'Chauncey' - Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchid - 'Chauncey' has intense yellow pouches with red spotting surrounded by long, twisted, rich burgundy tepals. Grows to 35-45 cm (14-18 in.) high with 1-3 flowers per stem. Blooms in May. A cross of the North American C. parviflorum var. parviflorum and the Taiwanese C. segawai. Lady's slipper hybrids are much more vigorous and easy to grow than species. Grown from seed. Plants will resemble the image but may not be identical. Lady's slipper hybrids are much more vigorous and easy to grow than species. Blooming size. Cypripedium 'Emil' - Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchid - 'Emil' resembles its parents, the European lady´s slipper (C. calceolus) and the North American yellow lady’s slipper (C. parviflorum var. parviflorum), but is much easier to grow in the garden. This hybrid grows to about 35-50 cm (14-19 inches). The intensely coloured deep yellow pouch is offset by rich reddish burgundy tepals opening in mid spring. Strong plants occasionally produce two blooms on one stem. Grown from seed. Plants will resemble the image but may not be identical. Lady's slipper hybrids are much more vigorous and easy to grow than species. Blooming size.
Cypripedium 'Hank Small' - Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchid - 'Hank Small' resembles the European lady's slipper (C. calceolus) and the North American yellow lady’s slipper (C. parviflorum var. parviflorum). A hybrid of the latter species and the Asian C. henryi, it is much easier to grow in the garden. The intensely coloured yellow lips are surrounded by rich burgundy tepals. Strong plants often produce two blooms on one stem. Grown from seed. Plants will resemble the image but may not be identical. Lady's slipper hybrids are much more vigorous and easy to grow than species. Blooming size. Cypripedium 'Pueblo' - Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchid - 'Pueblo' is a strong entry level lady's slipper that resembles the European C. calceolus and the North American C. parviflorum but is easier to grow. It has glossy, waxy yellow pouches surrounded by brownish burgundy tepals with stripes and speckling and a great corkscrew twist. Grown from seed. Plants will resemble the image but may not be identical. Lady's slipper hybrids are much more vigorous and easy to grow than species. Blooming size.
Cypripedium 'Frosch's Mountain King' - Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchid - ‘Frosch’s Mountain King’ is a hardier clone selected from Cypripedium ‘Sebastian’, a hybrid between two North American natives C. parviflorum and C. montanum. It has pure white slippers with rich burgundy red petals with a corkscrew twist. For Cypripedium lovers 'Frosch's Mountain King' brings the beauty of C. montanum to the garden. This species is nearly impossible to grow in coastal BC gardens and very difficult elsewhere. But this hybrid with one of our other native lady's slippers gives you the "look" of C. montanum with the ease of growth of a hybrid. Hybrid lady's slippers have great hybrid vigour. They are easy to grow and bulk up fast. Produced from division. All plants identical. Lady's slipper hybrids are much more vigorous and easy to grow than species. Blooming size.

 

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31 Different Hardy Orchids for Canadian Gardens

We are excited to offer our largest selection ever of hardy lady's slipper orchids for Canadian gardens. These Cypripedium hybrids possess hybrid vigour -- they have inherited the best traits of both parents -- and are much easier to grow than species orchids, have beautiful flowers in amazing colours, and clump up very quickly into amazing displays in the part shade garden. They bloom in late April and May offering an exquisite show in the garden.

Most are "officially" hardy to zone 4 while some are hardy to zone 3 and even zone 2! Even the zone 4 plants may be hardy in protected spots in zone 3 with mulch and good snow cover. Indeed, we have customers in Alberta and Saskatchewan who are growing Cypripedium outdoors with great success.

We are currently offering 31 different lady's slipper hybrids for shipping to our mail order customers and for pick-up at Phoenix by our local customers in mid October 2016. All are top quality, blooming size, many with multiple eyes, and should flower in the spring. Here they are:

We will be providing them to you bare root. All you need to do is plant them directly into a well-drained location in part shade or morning sun. A winter mulch of fallen leaves or conifer boughs or needles can be helpful in the first winter. We'll provide you with detailed instructions when you receive your plants.

For mail order customers, October is the only time of year we ship Cypripedium lady's slipper orchids so please take advantage.

For our local customers, though we do offer them in growth in spring on site at Phoenix, buying and planting them in fall ensures our local customers the widest possible selection and potentially greater and quicker success in establishment. They arrive bare root and super fresh. Planting them directly into the garden in fall is the best way to establish them even for local customers. Mulch with a pile of leaves after fall planting.

Please note: Because we must pay our suppliers in advance, we will process payment of Cypripedium orders at the time of ordering. Should a cultivar not be available at the time of shipping/pick-up we will give you the choice of substituting a different cultivar, receiving a refund, or having a credit applied to your account for a future order.

Ordering: Visit Phoenix Perennials Mail Order for full details. Mail order and local customers should both place your orders through our mail order system. When checking out, local customers should select the pick-up option. Mail order customers should select their preferred shipping method. Have fun!


 

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Choose from 135 Different Rare Bulbs to Make Your Garden Extraordinary

Visit the Rare Bulb Pre-Order on our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site to see our full selection of 135 rare bulbs. Both mail order and local customers should place their orders through our mail order system. Local customers should select the pick up option when checking out. Quantities are limited. Please order early to secure your favourites.

Our selection of rare bulbs will ship or be ready for pick-up in September. For mail order customers: if you combine bulbs and Cypripedium in the same order (which are not available until mid October) we will ship your bulbs and Cyps together in October. Please place separate orders if you want your bulbs to arrive as early as possible in the fall (Sept) and to have your Cypripedium ship later in October.

Please Note: Because we must pay our suppliers in advance, we will process payment of Rare Bulb orders at the time of ordering.

Also note that we do not expect to receive about 10-15% of the bulbs we are hoping to get. These bulbs are rare for many reasons but mostly because they are slower to bulk up than bulbs that are more commonly available. For this reason, supplies at harvest time can be less than expected and we are usually shorted on some varieties. Please be understanding if we contact you in the fall that some of the bulbs you ordered are not available.

Should a cultivar not be available at the time of shipping/pick-up, we will give you the choice of substituting a different cultivar, receiving a refund, or having a credit applied to your account for a future order.

Ordering: Visit Rare Bulb Pre-Order on our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site for full details. Mail order and local customers should both place your orders through our mail order system. When checking out, local customers should select the pick-up option. Mail order customers should select their preferred shipping method. Have fun!

 


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