Calypso Orchid


Name: Calypso Orchid (Calypso bulbosa)

Growth habit: Leaves are nearly unnoticeable and grow close to the ground. The tiny blossoms perch no more than 6 inches above the ground. They are found in various shades of pink, white or purple and are often speckled combinations of each.
Light Level: Filtered sun to full shade.
Water: Moderate.

Fertilization: Do not fertilize. Topdress with forest litter in late summer or fall.

Planting Medium: Well draining, acidic soil containing lots of decomposing organic matter.

Common afflictions: Slugs, snails, and disturbance by human or other animal activities.

Pruning: Do not prune. Let the plant die back naturally after blossoming.

Calypso Orchid Facts:This delicate wildflower is also known by many imaginative names… Among the most popular are Fairy Slipper, Venus Slipper, Lady Slipper, and Deerhead Orchid. They are often found growing on the m

Calypso Orchids

Calypso Orchids

ossy floors of moist, cool, Northern forests. It is widely believed that they rely on a symbiotic relationship with a particular fungus to survive, and that makes them very particular about their growing environment. They are even considered endangered in some places, so please don’t try to transplant a wild Calypso Orchid to your garden!  If you believe your woodland garden may support Calypso Orchids, buy seed and learn how to start them.

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