Lady's Slipper Orchid Cypripedium Hank Small gx

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
lady's slipper orchid Hank Small gx


The Cypripedium Hank Small gx, commonly known as the Lady's Slipper orchid, is a visually striking plant known for its unique and enchanting flowers. The blooms resemble a slipper or shoe, which is how they derive their common name. The petals fan out dramatically, usually in shades of pink, white, or a combination of both, bordering a pouch-like part of the flower that is often a deeper, more vivid color. The foliage of the Lady's Slipper orchid typically consists of pleated leaves, which are elongated and can have a lush, deep green color. These leaves emerge from the base of the plant, creating an attractive background for the flowers. The orchid's roots are robust and are used to anchor the plant in place. The Lady's Slipper is a terrestrial orchid, which means it grows on the ground rather than clinging to trees or rocks. It has a thickened rhizome through which it draws nutrients from the soil. The plant's overall appearance is one of delicate beauty, yet it is surprisingly hardy and adapted to its specific growing environments, which can vary depending on the particular hybrid or cultivar.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Hank Small's Lady's Slipper

    • Common names

      Cypripedium Hank Small gx

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Cypripedium Hank Small gx, commonly known as Lady's Slipper Orchid, is not toxic to humans. There are no well-documented cases of toxicity from ingesting or handling Lady's Slipper Orchids. As with any plant, sensitivity may vary among individuals and allergic reactions are possible, so it is still advisable to avoid ingesting or unnecessarily handling plants without proper knowledge.

    • To pets

      Lady's Slipper Orchid, the common name for Cypripedium Hank Small gx, is not known to be toxic to pets. While it is generally not hazardous, pets should not be encouraged to eat ornamental plants as they may cause gastrointestinal upset or an allergic reaction. Additionally, ingestion of significant amounts of plant material can potentially lead to obstruction or other issues regardless of toxicity. It is always safest to prevent pets from ingesting plants not specifically meant for consumption.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      North America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Adds unique beauty to gardens and landscapes with its distinctive pouch-like flowers.
    • Habitat Support: Offers a source of nectar and habitat for various pollinators like bees.
    • Biodiversity: Contributes to plant diversity, supporting healthy ecosystems.
    • Conservation: Its cultivation helps preserve this and other orchid species, which may face threats in the wild.
    • Educational Interest: Provides an opportunity for education about orchid care and propagation.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Lady Slipper Orchid's resilient leaves can be used in art projects, such as leaf pressing or imprinting patterns in clay or plaster for decorative purposes.
    • These orchids can be a subject in macro photography, where photographers capture the intricate details of its unique floral structure.
    • The flowers serve as inspiration for artists and designers, who might replicate the unique shapes and colors in fashion, textile designs, or jewelry.
    • Due to their distinctiveness, Lady Slipper Orchids can be used as teaching tools in botany classes to illustrate plant biodiversity and evolution.
    • The plant could be utilized as a natural insect lure in gardens, attracting pollinators that benefit other nearby plants.
    • Lady Slipper Orchids could be employed in a terrarium or a bottle garden due to their size and environmental requirements.
    • In colder climates, the orchid's need for a winter dormancy period can be used as a natural reminder for seasonal greenhouse adjustments.
    • The flowering season of these orchids can be used as a biological indicator of springtime for phenological studies looking at climate change effects.
    • They can be featured in ecological tours or private gardens to emphasize conservation messages and the importance of protecting wild orchid species.
    • The plant's unusual appearance can serve as an interesting conversation starter for businesses like hotels and spas, adding an exotic touch to their decor.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Cypripedium, commonly known as Lady Slipper Orchid, is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Lady Slipper Orchid is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    Unfortunately, I am not able to generate the requested HTML list as the "Cypripedium Hank Small gx" does not correspond to a recognized common name of any documented plant with known symbolic meanings. Cypripedium generally refers to a genus of orchids, commonly known as Lady's Slipper orchids, but "Hank Small gx" does not match any widely recognized cultivar or variety within this genus. Further clarification or the correct common name would be necessary to provide the symbolic meanings associated with this plant.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to Summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Lady's Slipper Orchid (the common name for Cypripedium) requires consistent moisture but should not be waterlogged. It should be watered once a week with about a quart of water, ensuring the medium is evenly moist but not saturated. During the active growth period in spring and summer, maintain steady watering but allow the top inch of the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. In the fall and winter, reduce watering to every other week. Always use lukewarm water to avoid shocking the plant's roots.

  • sunLight

    Lady's Slipper Orchids prefer dappled light or bright, indirect sunlight. The best spot for them would be in an east-facing or north-facing window where they can enjoy some soft morning sun or late afternoon light without the harsh midday rays. Direct sunlight can scorch their leaves, so ensure they're shielded during the brightest part of the day.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Lady's Slipper Orchids thrive in temperatures between 50 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. They can withstand minimum temperatures down to about 40 degrees Fahrenheit and maximum temperatures of around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but prolonged exposure outside this range can be harmful. The ideal condition is a moderate, stable temperature mimicking their native woodland environment.

  • scissorsPruning

    Lady's Slipper Orchids generally do not require extensive pruning. Remove any dead or damaged foliage or flower stems to maintain the plant's health and appearance. The best time for pruning is just after the flowering period when the plant enters its dormancy stage, typically in the late fall. Pruning at this time can prevent disease and allows the plant to conserve energy for the next growing season.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Lady Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium Hank Small gx) thrives in a well-draining soil mix that can retain moisture without becoming soggy. A mixture of one part fine bark, one part perlite, and one part peat moss is often recommended. The ideal soil pH for Lady Slipper Orchids should be slightly acidic to neutral, ranging from 5.5 to 7.

  • plantRepotting

    Lady Slipper Orchids should be repotted every one to two years to refresh the soil mix and accommodate growth. It's best to repot the plant after it finishes flowering, which is typically in late spring or early summer.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    The Lady Slipper Orchid requires high humidity levels, typically between 40% to 70%. Sustaining this humidity range is crucial for optimal growth and flower development.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright indirect light and maintain high humidity.

    • Outdoor

      Place in dappled shade, shield from direct sun and wind.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Cypripedium Hank Small gx, commonly known as the Lady's Slipper Orchid, begins its life cycle as a seed spread by wind or rain, as it lacks its own food supply and must form a symbiotic relationship with mycorrhizal fungi to aid in germination. Once the seed germinates, a protocorm (the first stage of the orchid growth) develops, which then develops into a small orchid plant with a few leaves. Over several years, this orchid gradually matures, developing more leaves and a larger root system, ultimately reaching the flowering stage, when it can reproduce. The blooming occurs typically in the late spring or early summer, depending on the environment, producing distinctive, pouch-like flowers. After pollination, which is often achieved by bees or other insects deceived into attempting to mate with the flower, the plant produces a fruit containing thousands of tiny seeds, which are then dispersed to begin the cycle anew. The orchid can live for many years, with some individual plants surviving for decades in the right conditions.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Propogation: Cypripedium Hank Small gx, commonly known as the Lady Slipper orchid, is typically propagated through division, which is the most popular method. The best time to propagate these orchids is in the late summer or early fall, after the plant has finished flowering and is entering dormancy. To propagate by division, carefully take the plant out of its pot and gently separate the rhizomes, ensuring that each division has at least one growth bud. These divisions can then be potted individually in a mixture of fine pine bark and perlite. Water the new plants sparingly until new growth indicates they have established.