Saturday, June 15, 2013

Showy Lady's-slipper (Cypripedium reginae)

On Father's Day weekend, we always take a ride to the bog in the hopes we will find the 
Showy Lady's-slipper.

The plant has become increasingly rare due to over collecting and habitat reduction, so each year we hope and pray that we will find the "lady" at the bog. It has a tall, leafy stem that bears 1-2 white-petaled flowers with a brilliant pink pouch, blooming in late June and into July. It is found in constantly moist habitats, including cedar swamps and cedar glades. It prefers a pH near neutral and some sunlight. 

Today was the nicest day we have had in the month of June. All the father's were mowing today so they wouldn't have to mow on their special day tomorrow ;o) 
I hope you are enjoying the weekend!  I am joining Seasonal Sundays.
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. The flower is very pretty, glad you found it to share! It was beautiful in Philly yesterday too. Happy Sunday-enjoy:@)

  2. Love the lady's slipper, it is really beautiful and you don't see them in a lot of gardens in my area due to their high needs but they are worth it!


  3. Beautiful flowers. I hope they continue to flourish near you!


  4. Lucky for you and Joe that you found the Lady's Slipper! I've never seen one in person, but it sure looks beautiful. The photo of you two cutie pies in your boots is priceless. Enjoy Father's Day with your sweetheart. xo

  5. Such a pretty flower - I think you need a pair of "checked" boots - don't you??

  6. Lady slippers are so pretty. I remember as a child of about 11 or 12 finding hundreds of yellow lady slippers along the stream bank near my aunt's house...have never seen any since then.

  7. Is that a form of an orchid? I have never seen one. Beautiful flower.

    1. Yes, they are orchids in the subfamily Cypripedioideae. They are so beautiful.

  8. I've never seen a Lady's-Slipper in person, what a beautiful treat!


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