A leafy stalk topped by 1-2 fragrant flowers with an inflated, yellow, pouch-shaped lip petal.
Flower : Lip petal about 2" (5 cm) long; upper petals 2,spirally twisted, greenish yellow to brownish purple; sepals seemingly 2, greenish yellow, lanceolate, 1 above and 1 below lip, lower sepal actually 2 united sepals.
Leaves: two 8’ (20cm) long, usually 3-5, oval to elliptical, conspicuously parallel-veined.
Flowering : April-August
Habitat: Bogs, swamps and rich woods.
Range : Alberta east to Newfoundland, south to Georgia, west to Mississippi, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, and north to North Dakota; also in most of the west.
Lady’s Slippers are protected in Ontario so do not pick one! Some species are rare and endangered.
I found this plant in Tobermory Ontario Canada near the lake in the forest. July 2nd 2009
Info: National Audubon Society- Field Guide To Wildflowers- Eastern Region- North America