Showy Lady's Slipper by Teresa Zieba

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Featured in Wildflowers of North America – Apr 8, 2011
Featured in Endangered Plants – April 18th, 2009

Photographed in Manitoba on a rainy day.

Showy Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium reginae) Found in damp woods, bogs, and swamps, the orchid can take 16 years to grow and bloom for the first time. The plants can live for 50 years, and tend to flower in late June and early July. Usually, there are one or two flowers per stem, but there can be three or four. The stem has a hairy appearance, and the “hairs” can cause irritation to some people.

Although this plant was originally chosen as the provincial flower for Prince Edward Island in 1947, it was so rare on the island that another Lady’s Slipper, C. acaule (moccasin flower or pink lady slipper), has replaced it as the province’s floral emblem.

This rare plant has vanished from much of its historical range due to habitat loss.

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flower, pink, droplets, wildflower, ladys, slipper, manitoba

I’m married to a wonderful man for over 35 years. I have one daughter and one grandson. I live in Winnipeg, Canada. Photography is my passion as is travelling. I do both whenever I can.

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  • jesika
    jesikaover 5 years ago

    It’s a beautiful blossom, beautifully portrayed. I hope it has found sanctuary somewhere.
    j

  • Thank you Jesika.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 5 years ago

    Great capture Teresa!!! Excellent information as well!!!

  • Thank you so much Blair.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 5 years ago

    beautiful capture hon, these guys sure haven’t lost their habitat here where I live “yet”,,,,what a pity they are gone in PEI. My sister group “Endangered Plants” would love to see this one in there :-))

  • Thank you hon. I will try to post it there.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Hal Smith
    Hal Smithover 5 years ago

    such a good picture. I saw these in the smokeys but were not nearly as pretty and colofull

  • Thanks a lot Hal. They are rare.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 5 years ago

    Lovely macro work.

  • Thank you so much Al.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekover 5 years ago

    Great shot Teresa! Very amazing story!!

  • Thank you Stephanie.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 5 years ago

    oh … looks like raspberry sherbet!!!!! What a beauty!!!

  • Thank you so much Lois, much appreciated.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Sensiworld
    Sensiworldover 5 years ago

    Beautiful !

  • Thank you again Sylvia. I’m glad you like it.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 5 years ago

    A wonderful shot Teresa and good information.

  • Many thanks.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 5 years ago


    Congratulations Teresa!!!

  • Wow, thank you Blair. I’m so thrilled. I don’t have many wildflowers in my archives but whatever I can find I’ll put in your superb group. You and Vickie are doing a fabulous work here.

    – Teresa Zieba

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