Flower Portrait: Slipper Orchid

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Paphiopedilum (slipper orchid) have lovely flowers and the leaves of some are beautifully mottled. They are not too difficult to grow as houseplants, and are more unusual than the Phalaenopsis and Cymbidium commonly sold in garden centres. Slipper orchids generally flower from November to March, but flowers can appear at any time of the year. Flowers last up to three months, and may need support with a stake.


21 Comments Add yours

  1. mithriluna says:

    So beautiful and delicate. I have been thinking about getting an orchid. I will look into this kind.

    1. Heyjude says:

      All orchids are so lovely, this variety would be worth trying.

  2. Sue Slaght says:

    It’s so beautiful Jude. Is it related to the Lady slipper flower. They grow wild here in Canada and are usually yellow.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Certainly looks like yours is an orchid. The slipper orchid comes in many different colours. They are all quite beautiful. I’d love to find wild ones!

      1. Sue Slaght says:

        Jude feel free to delete this link but I have a photo of one on a hike in this post so you can see. http://traveltalesoflife.com/2014/08/12/grassi-lakes-the-canmore-jewels/

        1. Heyjude says:

          Oh, yes, that’s a beauty!

        2. Sue Slaght says:

          Thanks Jude. Such a fascinating flower.

  3. Finding native orchids in the bush is one of my joys, as you probably know. But I’m more than happy to look at cultivated ones, either in Singapore airport or on your blog!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I envy you all those orchids, but I realise you go to some lengths to see them.

  4. Amy says:

    So beautiful! 3 months, I’m in love with it, Jude!

  5. Robyn Haynes says:

    I love slipper orchids having admired them many times at our local orchid shows. I have grown a number of different types but not these so was heartened to hear they’re easy to grow.

  6. I must look these up and see if they are available at home.

  7. restlessjo says:

    Such vibrant colour! I like this 🙂
    Yes, I do think the flowers show up well on a plain white background.

  8. pommepal says:

    Such a pretty pink

    1. Heyjude says:

      There were a lot of pretty ones, but my photos weren’t so great. I should have changed lenses, but couldn’t be bothered as we were waiting for it to get dark to see the lights in the garden.

      1. pommepal says:

        Well that photo looked spot on to me.

        1. Heyjude says:

          The best one I think 🙂

  9. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Very lovely, is this one yours Jude? I have three in flower at the moment but only Phalaenopsis.

    1. Heyjude says:

      No, this is from Wisley. I used to have a few Phalaenopsis – 3 white, 1 pink and 1 yellow. All gone now, but I did get them to flower for several years.

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