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Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens (Greater yellow lady's slipper)
Cressler, Alan

Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens

Cypripedium parviflorum Salisb. var. pubescens (Willd.) Knight

Greater Yellow Lady's Slipper, Large Yellow Lady's Slipper

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Synonym(s): Cypripedium calceolus var. planipetalum, Cypripedium calceolus var. pubescens, Cypripedium furcatum, Cypripedium planipetalum, Cypripedium pubescens, Cypripedium pubescens var. pubescens


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

Borne terminally on a leafy stalk are 1 or 2 fragrant flowers with an inflated, yellow, pouch-shaped lip petal.

The Yellow Lady's Slippers form a highly variable population, and currently the large and small forms are regarded as separate species. The Small or Lesser Yellow Lady's Slipper (C. parviflorum), has very fragrant flowers, a lip petal only 3/4-1 1/2" (2-3.8 cm) long, brownish lateral petals, and a height of about 22" (55 cm). It is found mostly in limestone wetlands, only rarely as far south as the Appalachian mountains. Cherokee people made a preparation from the roots of these plants that was drunk as a treatment for worms.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Brown
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AK , AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NL , NS , NT , ON , PE , QC , SK
Native Distribution: Newfoundland, south to mountains of Georgia; most of midwest, Great Lakes, and Plains states; in south west to Arizona and California, north to Pacific Northwest.
Native Habitat: Bogs and swamps, rich woods.

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

Additional resources

USDA: Find Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens


Record Modified: 2014-06-26
Research By: TWC Staff

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