Hi everyone, Happy Friday! Today we have the third in our group of large orchids, this time the “Showy Lady’s Slipper”. This is a very beautiful wild orchid that grows from 10 to 27 inches (25 to 67.5cm) tall. The flower itself is about 2 inches (5cm) long. The pink color can vary from light to dark and some flowers are pure white. This is also an old picture that I had since they seem to be totally gone from our area now. They will grow in shade or full sun and bloom from June to July. They seem to prefer more open habitat than the other lady’s slippers as long as there is abundant moisture. They will grow in moist fields, woodland openings, even in ditches along roads and highways. But they will also grow in heavily shaded areas of moist woods and bogs. In Canada these can be found from Saskatchewan to the east coast and in the US from Minnesota to Arkansas and across to the east coast. We’ll be back next week with more wildflowers to share, have a great weekend everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
©2021 Steve McLeod.