showy lady’s slipper

(Cypripedium reginae)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

showy lady’s slipper

NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

SNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Wetland
Indicator
Status

Great Plains

FACW - Facultative wetland

Midwest

FACW - Facultative wetland

Northcentral & Northeast

FACW - Facultative wetland

Nativity

Native

Occurrence

Uncommon

Habitat

Wet. Woods, bogs, swamps.

 
Flowering

Early June to Mid-July

 
Flower Color

White and pink

 
Height

16 to 40

 

Identification

 

 
Similar
Species

 


Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 25, 28.

Comments

This is the tallest orchid in Minnesota, and is Minnesota’s state flower.


Taxonomy

Family:

Orchidaceae (orchid)

 

Subfamily:

Cypripedioideae

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

pink and white lady’s slipper

queen’s lady’s-slipper

showy lady’s slipper

showy lady’s-slipper


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

Visitor Photos

   
Share your photo of this plant.

Bill Reynolds


  showy lady’s slipper    

       
       
       

MinnesotaSeasons.com Photos

   

Plant

  showy lady’s slipper   showy lady’s slipper
       
  showy lady’s slipper    
       

Flower

  showy lady’s slipper   showy lady’s slipper
       
       

 

Camera

     

Slideshows

   
  Cypripedium reginae (Showy Ladyslipper)
Allen Chartier
 
  Cypripedium reginae (Showy Ladyslipper)  
     
  Cypripedium reginae
Joshua Mayer
 
  Cypripedium reginae  
 
About

Showy Ladyslipper

 
     

 

slideshow

     

Visitor Videos

   
Share your video of this plant.

     
     

Other Videos

 
  Showy lady slipper - Cypripedium reginae - flower opening
miroslav147
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Aug 7, 2008

The showy lady slipper (Cypripedium reginae), also known as the pink-and-white lady slipper or the queen's lady slipper, is a rare orchid found in eastern North America. The plant became the state flower of Minnesota in 1902, and it became protected by state law in 1925. It is illegal to pick or uproot a showy lady slipper flower in Minnesota. This rare plant has vanished from much of its historical range due to habitat loss.

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.

Cypripedium reginae can be found in Canada from Saskatchewan east to Atlantic Canada, and the eastern United States south to Arkansas and Tennessee.

--------------------------------------

This flower is quite rare, and is considered imperiled (SRANK S2) or critically imperiled (S1) in Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Newfoundland and Labrador, North Dakota, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Additionally, it is considered vulnerable (S3) in Indiana, Maine, Manitoba, Massachusetts, New York, Quebec, Vermont, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

It was historically found in Kentucky and North Carolina, but has not been found recently. The only province to rank C. reginae as Apparently Secure (S4) is Ontario.

Showy lady's-slipper is quite sensitive to hydrologic disturbances, and is threatened by wetland draining, habitat destruction and horticultural collectors.

 
     
  Nancy Today: Showy Lady's Slipper Orchids at Purdon's ASMR
NancyToday
 
   
 
About

Published on Jun 16, 2008

Purdon Conservation Area. Certain conditions are needed for pink lady slipper orchids. They are a rare flower.

 
     
  Showy Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium Reginae)
kerious
 
   
 
About

Published on May 29, 2012

I found this plant whilst walking through the Rose Lake marsh area in Bath MI. I went back the next day to get some more pictures of it and found that the plant had been eaten, possibly by deer.

 
     
  Conservation Corps Minnesota project work: Lady Slipper Transplants
Brad Pazian
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Sep 18, 2011

This video was taken along the Lady Slipper Scenic Byway north of Pennington, MN and south of Blackduck. Due to a road construction project the shoulders of the road are soon to be destroyed. This area, as the name would imply, has a very high concentration of Showy Lady Slippers. So we are digging them up, moving them to a safe location, and eventually when the roadwork is finished putting them back into the ground alongside the road.

 
     
  Showy Lady Slipper at Horticulture Gardens (Morris, MN on Jun23rd11)
goodnewsminnesota
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Jan 5, 2012

Music by Jon P. (former resident of Morris)

more..http://events.goodnewsmorris.info/horticulturenight.html

 
     
  Showy Lady's Slippers
Bryan Wells
 
   
 
About

Published on Jul 8, 2012

A short trip into Sunkhaze Meadows to find a secret location where dozens of Showy Lady's Slippers flourish.

 
     

 

Camcorder

         

Visitor Sightings

   
Share your sighting of this plant.

Bill Reynolds
7/4/2008

Location: Pennington Co.

 

showy lady's slipper


     
     
 

MinnesotaSeasons.com Sightings

   


 

 

Binoculars

Last Updated:

About Us | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | © 2017 MinnesotaSeasons.com. All rights reserved.