The Yellow lady-slipper is more frequently encountered than the showy lady-slipper (C. reginae), growing in various habitats including in dry, deciduous forests, so it doesn’t require that much moisture (var. pubescens) and adapts well to garden cultivation. Not that well as the many hybrids that are on the market today, but still…
Germination: very difficult in ‘normal sowing’ conditions, but not impossible with mycorrhiza inoculums or better with in-vitro equipment. Few people claim they have germinated them by sowing close to another orchid in the garden, where the soil already contains the necessary mycorrhiza.
If you don’t have such conditions, this is the perfect gift for your orchid aficionado friend.