Hello everyone! Continuing with our look at wild orchids today, here we have the “large yellow lady’s slipper”, also called “greater yellow lady’s slipper”. This is another of our largest wild orchids that we have in this area and can be found right across most of Canada and most of the US, except California, Nevada, Florida and Louisiana. The flower stalk can be from 8 to 30 inches (20 to 75cm) tall and the flower itself up to 2 inches (5cm) long. Here it is shown still with drops of morning dew on it in an old photo that I have. Unfortunately I have not seen these in years now but they are commonly found along the river in certain areas where people traffic is less. Unfortunately, like all our lady’s slippers, people like to pick them and that stops them from blooming again and also then prevents them from distributing seeds to produce more plants to keep the population healthy. They bloom from May to July like the other lady’s slippers, is a native wildflower and will grow in shade and sun in moist woods, swamps and bogs, and even in ditches along roads and highways. I hope you have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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