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Calypso bulbosa (Fairy slipper)
McAdoo, David R.

Calypso bulbosa

Calypso bulbosa (L.) Oakes

Fairy slipper

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: CABU

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

A single mostly pink bilateral pendant flower with an inflated, slipper-like lip petal hangs at tip of an erect, reddish flower stalk that grows above 1 basal leaf.

This short perennial rises from a small tuber and is the only species in this genus. Named for the sea nymph Calypso of Homers Odyssey, who detained the willing Odysseus on his return from Troy; like Calypso, the plant is beautiful and prefers secluded haunts.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Flower:
Fruit:

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul

Distribution

USA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , ME , MI , MN , MT , NH , NM , NY , OR , SD , UT , VT , WA , WI , WY
Canada: NB , NL , NS , PE
Native Distribution: Across Canada and northern United States to northeastern Arizona, southern New Mexico, New York, and New England.
Native Habitat: Thick duff and mossy ground in cool, damp, mainly coniferous woods.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: High

Benefit

Conspicuous Flowers: yes

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Calypso bulbosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Calypso bulbosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Calypso bulbosa

Metadata

Record Modified: 2009-12-18
Research By: TWC Staff

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