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Lady Slippers in Massachusetts

BOTH kinds of slippers

Michael C. LaFerney in Lakeville, Massachusetts, shared a few photos with us . . .

. . . of some lady slippers.

Okay, bad joke, but wow! That is an actual lady slipper orchid—pink lady slipper to be exact (Cypripedium acaule, Zones 3–8).

Here is just the orchid itself. It is a native wildflower found over a wide range of eastern North America, usually in dry woods and usually under pines. These native orchids are incredibly beautiful, but they are not always easy to find in the wild. And if you do find them in the wild, be sure to leave them be. Native orchids have very specific cultural needs and close symbiotic relationships with soil fungi, so they rarely do well when transplanted from their wild habitat into a garden.

And if you are lucky enough to have these beauties growing around you, well, you can enjoy making silly puns with them.


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    cynthia2020 04/11/2024

    Hi, Michael - thank you for sharing the Cypripedium acaule - well spotted!
    I would have liked to have read something of your gardening experience and even how humor may fit into how you garden at home.
    So many surprises in the photographs and text today.

  2. btucker9675 04/11/2024

    You so rarely see true black blooms..... :-)

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    cynthia2020 04/11/2024

    Sandalia pubescens? ; - )

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    simplesue 04/11/2024

    You'e funny! The Lady's Slippers are a great plant I have not seen in a while, good to see your photos.

  5. user-6841468 04/12/2024

    I love lady slippers, and it's good you mentioned they don't like to be moved. Why did we need to see them on Thursday and again on Friday?

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