Yellow Lady's Slipper

Vickie Emms

Anola, MB., Canada

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Featured in Endangered Plants – July 12, 2009
Featured in Endangered Plants – June 12, 2009
Top 10 Challenge Win – Wildflowers of North America – February 2, 2009
Featured in Wildflowers of North America – January 12, 2009

This woodland plant is a robust perennial herb, 10-70cm (4-28 inches) tall, with musky smelling roots and densely covered with fine hairs. It has 205 bright green leaves, strongly ribbed, oval shaped, and sheath the stem.

It produces one or two large yellow flowers at the top of a leafy stem. The sepals are yellowish green with streaks of brown; lateral petals are narrow and loosely twisted to spiraled, and also yellowish green; the lip is inflated and pale yellow with reddish-purple spots inside. Flowers are faintly scented and bloom from May through mid June.

They grow is rich, swampy or seasonally wet, limy deciduous woods. Seed set is small and reproduction is largely vegetative. The roots form an association with soil fungi to enhance mineral absorption and because of this, the plants do not transplant well. Decline of this wildflower is due in part to collectors who dig the plants for gardens and for sale. Photo taken in Manitoba, Canada

Photo taken from my calendar “Manitoba Roadside Wildflowers”


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