Ladyslipper Pretty in Pink
Cypripedium (aka Ladyslipper Orchids) are by far, the showiest and most popular of the hardy terrestrial orchids. There are 48 species total in northern temperate land masses around the world. The majority are in East Asia. There are 11 species of Cypripedium native to the United States, found in every state except for Florida, Hawaii, and Nevada.
The name Cypripedium comes from a mix of Latin and Greek. It alludes to Cyprus, the island that was the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite (Venus) and ‘pedilum’, a shoe or slipper (or feet), and so literally means Aphrodite’s Slipper.
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