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Cypripedium candidum (White lady's slipper)
McAdoo, David R.

Cypripedium candidum

Cypripedium candidum Muhl. ex Willd.

White lady's slipper, Small white lady's slipper

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)


USDA Symbol: CYCA5

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

Found in moist prairies and meadows in the Upper Midwest and parts of the Northeast of the United States. It extends into Canada in southern Manitoba and Ontario, where it is listed as an endangered species. Isolated populations in southern Saskatchewan and northern Alabama.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Elliptic , Lanceolate , Oblanceolate

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White


USA: AL , CT , IA , IL , IN , KY , MD , MI , MN , MO , ND , NE , NJ , NY , OH , PA , SD , VA , WI
Canada: MB , ON , SK
Native Habitat: Prairie/Meadow/Field

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

From the Archive

Wildflower Newsletter 1989 VOL. 6, NO.3 - Butterfly Gardens, Director\'s Report, Proper Care Gives Staying Power to Cut Fl...

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Cypripedium candidum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cypripedium candidum in the Flora of North America (if available)
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Record Modified: 2012-11-11
Research By: TWC Staff

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