Hardy Orchids

It was reported on BBC1 North West News (22/7/04) that a Lady's Slipper orchid,
Cypripedium calceolus, had been stolen from an English Nature protected site in the North West. It is believed that the plant was stolen to order. Lady's Slipper, which is claimed to be the rarest plant in Briitain is protected by law. It is easily distinguished from other species by its yellow, slipper-like labellum and brown-maroon petals.

According to The Times (9/4/05) residual roots of the ruined plant were showing signs of a remarkable recovery - green shoots were reappearing. Subsequently, over the late May bank holiday weekend the plant bore three flowers, as shown on BBC1 NW News (30/5/05).

Other links

. Cypripedioideae (Wikipedia)
. Description and Ecological Characteristics
. Frosch Exclusive Perennials, Germany
Growing Native Orchids
. Hardy Orchid Society
. Lady's Slipper - Encyclopedia Britannica
. Photographs of Wild Orchids - PInterest
. Growing hardy orchids in your garden (Laneside Alpines)
. Beautiful orchids to grow in your garden (Article by Jeff Hutchings, featured in the Hardy Plant)
. Orchids in the garden (Article by Will Ingwersen, featured in HPS Bulletin)
. Hardy orchids to try at home (RHS)
. Hardy Exotic Orchids (Blog by Andy McIndoe)
. Wild Orchids in Northern Britain - Aigas Field Centre

Further Reading on Hardy Orchids

  • Ardle, J. (2003) 'From tiny protocorms...', The Garden (RHS), May, pp. 334-37. [Hardy orchid growing at Writhlington School, Somerset; also featured at Chelsea 2006]
  • Bailes, C. (2005) 'Hardy exotics and native beauties', The Garden (RHS), May, pp. 342-47.
  • Cribb, P. C. (1993) 'The Lady's Slipper orchid revisited', Quarterly Bulletin of the Alpine Garden Society, Vol. 61, No. 3, September, pp. 304-09.
    [According to this article (p. 306) the first known painting of a genuine British plant of Lady's Slipper orchid from a known locality was in 1798 by Harriet Wickham of Leeds, reproduced on p. 307 ]
  • Cribb, P. C. (1997) The Genus Cypripedium, Portland, Oregon, Timber Press.
  • Cribb, P. C. and Butterfield, I. (1999) The Genus Pleione, (2nd edn), Kew, Royal Botanical Gardens.
  • Friend, R. G. (2004) Growing Orchids in Your Garden, Portland, Oregon, Timber Press.
  • Harrap, A. and Harrap, S. (2005) Orchids of Britain and Ireland: A Field and Site Guide, A&C Black, London.
  • Hillis, S. (2020) 'Cypripedium care', The Rock Garden, No. 145, July, pp. 68-77.
  • Lancaster, R. (2007) 'A natural remedy' The Garden (RHS), December, pp. 806-809. [Return of orchids to industrial wasteland in Bolton]
  • North, C. (2005) 'Some orchids I have known', The Hardy Plant, Vol. 26, No. 1, Spring, pp. 27-30.
  • Seaton, P., Ramsay, M., Cribb, P., Prendergast, G. and Haggar, J. (2011) Growing Hardy Orchids, London, RBG Kew.
  • Stewart, J. (1988) 'Orchids outside?', The Garden (RHS), April, pp. 155-60.
  • Stewart, J. and Mitchell, R. (1991) 'Test tube orchids', The Garden (RHS), January, pp. 32-36
  • Wall, W.J. and Morgan D. (2020) How to Grow Native Orchids: In Gardens Large and Small, Cambridge, UIT.
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