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Thursday, July 09, 2015
Minnesota State Flower
Adopted as the State flower in 1902
Botanical Name: Cypripedium reginae
Also known as: the Queen’s lady slipper and the showy lady’s slipper
The lady’s slipper is uncommon in Minnesota
Fun Fact: Some people can get a rash from touching the leaves of this pretty orchid
In its first year, the orchid grows only about as tall as a pencil point!
Each year the lady’s slipper may produce a half-million seeds, which are as fine as flour dust.
With the pink and white lady slipper’s longer than average life span – some species may grow be 100 years old!
Thank you Susan for showing me where to find this beauty!!
Found living in open fens, bogs, swamps, and damp woods where there is an abundance of natural light, the feminine-looking pink and white lady’s slipper grows slowly, taking up to 16 years to produce the first flowers! Blooming in late June or early July, the plants may live, on average, about 50 years and can grow to be over four feet tall.
A century ago, the ostentatious pink and white lady’s slipper was a favorite adornment in rural church altars during the summer.
Since 1925, this rare wildflower has been protected by Minnesota state law; it is illegal to pick the flowers or to uproot or unearth them.