Photo Credit
Photo courtesy of Brian Allen, Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge.

Showy lady's slipper

Scientific name
Cypripedium reginae
Plant Family
Plant Group
This flower has white petals and a bright pink pouch. Stems and leaves have hairs that may cause a poison ivy-like reaction.
Identification Hints

Showy lady's slipper is a member of the Orchid family with white petals and a bright pink pouch that together look like a "slipper." The leaves are oval, broad, and have many veins that run parallel to the leaf edges. Both the leaves and the stems are finely hairy.

Did You Know?

Showy lady's slipper is listed as threatened or endangered in nearly every state where it is found. It generally grows in deciduous forests and prefers well-drained soils. The showy flowers appear in summer in most areas (generally between June and July). Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, a Project BudBurst partner, is very interested in phenology observations of this plant.

States
AR, CT, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV