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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.