Pink lady's slipper, (Cypripedium Acaule) is a large, showy wildflower belonging to the orchid family. It hastwo opposite basal leaves with conspicuous parallel veins and a large flower at the end of an erect stalk. The flower is magenta to whitish-pink. They grows 6 to 15 inches tall and flowers generally between May and July. Another common name for this plant is moccasin flower. The root of lady's slipper was used as a remedy for nervousness, tooth pain, and muscle spasms and for sedative properties. Pink lady’s slipper takes many years to go from seed to mature plants. Pink lady's slippers can live to be twenty years old or more. They are also part of the diet for white tailed deer and several insects.
June 11th, 2013
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