The Showy Lady’s slipper is known by everyone interested in plants and gardening, and, of course, it is very popular among orchid collectors.
Almost in all its native areas it is threatened by habitat destruction, being very sensitive to hydrologic disturbances. Some say that horticultural poaching is also still happening but I prefer not to believe. Nowadays, many Cypripediums are readily available from specialty growers.
Germination: very difficult in ‘normal sowing’ conditions, but not impossible with mychorrhiza inoculums or better with in-vitro equipment. If you don’t have such conditions, the capsule would make a great gift to someone who does! One capsule contains millions of dust-like seeds.