Since that time I have wanted to try and grow some myself. Difficult in city , high pollution sense and the suburbs surrounding those areas and saying difficult in the middle of a very rural area are quite different. But the beauty and splendor of this wondrous plant has never been matched or supplanted in memory. A perfect specimen for a young mind. I have seen them in Milton NH in the 80’s, but only a few. I have not purchased any, because they are a little pricey. There are several plants in Jones Forest, Billerica, MA. I have seen purple Slippers on a couple of hills that the Turkeys roost on. The white lady’s-slipper is now considered rare throughout its range. when I was a child growing up in Wilton,Connecticut, I was told that it was illegal to pick Lady Slippers and I envisioned the Lady Slipper police hiding behind trees in our woods waiting to catch me picking one! I thoroughly enjoyed coming across a lady slipper during a hike because of their beauty and rarity and elusive locations. I grew up in Maine in the late 70’s-80’s and played in my grandparents woods that went from the road all the way down to the shore. New England; Beaches; Festivals & Fairs and now live in SC. I lived in Coventry RI. We had pale Indian Pipes in the backyard, Checkerberry, Lady Slippers and Princess Pine just beyond our back gate. Though it is not recommended to collect and transplant lady slipper … Plants or seeds. When I was a child my friends and I used to explore the fields and woods in our neighborhood. Nowadays I stumble upon them in predominantly pine forests …. I had quite a few in the woods behind my home until the neighborhood kids with their ATV’s ran them all down. I respected it and felt privileged to have seen it. Because a picked lady slipper will not rejuvenate itself, and the plant has a less than 5% transplant success rate, they are often considered “off-limits” to pickers and diggers. Is this Lady's-slipper rare? I often wonder what brought it there and why it disappeared. As a child in Maine we used to cut through the woods to Green Lake and would see a few there. I never picked them again! I was sharing that information with my daughter today, I thought maybe it was just something grown-ups said!! when I was a child. Pink lady's slipper orchid (Cypripedium acaule) - Although they can be tricky to care for, this is a popular variety native to Eastern U.S.The pink pouch is very eye-catching. Because a picked lady slipper will not rejuvenate itself, and the plant has a less than 5% transplant success rate, they are often considered “off-limits” to pickers and diggers. 🙂. Between Woods Hole and falmouth is Quissett woods. We would pick them but it wasn’t until I was older when I was told they shouldn’t be picked because it takes so long for them to propagate. Now we live in Wellfleet, MA and saw lady slippers here. heard they have a life span of a human. I grew up in Carlisle, MA in the 50’s and loved to go to “Lady Slipper Land” in the woods behind our house. I would buy seeds and grow them on my property close to the same area if I thought I could do it. We now have several hundred .We enjoy them as much as the Lady Slippers and they seem to thrive . Each student was allowed to cut one, and only one, ladyslipper blossom, but never all the flowers in a particular area. The genus Cypripedium has about 50 temperate and subtropical species, most of which are terrestrial. Others, like the common Pink Lady’s Slipper, are listed as “special concern” under the Native Plant Protection Act. Then again we grow Thimbleberries like they are tap water here as well and they are supposedly “difficult” plants as well. We are lucky enough to have them scattered across our property in the Adirondacks, better yet is the Indian Pipes that punctuate them. Such a beautiful sight. joi Home; Today. Maine Botanical Garden! I live in the Coastal Plains of Eastern NC . I always felt bad when we were announced the WINNER! Endangered. As a kid we would go to a swamp in our neighborhood. My wife and I have looked forward to them blooming for the last 13 years we have lived here. Threatened and Endangered Information: This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. This is my first spring in New England and what should I find in the wooded side yard off my deck but several pink Lady Slipper’s. We have lots of Jack in the Pulpit in our woods. Get away from the over crowding , pollution , urban expanse and the like and most plants are perfectly happy I find. Maryland. We have them growing in our back yard amongst the ferns and trees. I have lived in Hingham, MA since 1986 and have spent a great deal of time in our local woods, with our dogs. Yes, we were always told that lady slippers were protected and it was illegal to take them because they were so rare. My parents and grandparents repeatedly told us to NEVER pick these flowers, or dig them up for transplanting. I then tried to plant them in my yard, all to no avail. My folks told me the same thing in the mid 50’s and not to pick them because it was outlawed. We protect them, we worry that many plants will be destroyed in the area that we live in with the building of new homes. The plant is considered critically endangered. I grew up in the woods in Sudbury, Massachusetts and was always told picking ladies slippers was illegal. My teacher’s face was panic-stricken when I gave them to her but she hugged me, explained the problem and quickly buried the bouquet out of sight. Now I enjoy them when I see them and admonish my friends, not to pick! Winter conditions make a difference as well. Some species of lady slipper are listed as endangered or threatened in New England. There are several pink ones I enjoy looking at in various places. Lady’s slippers are found throughout Eurasia and the Americas, and some species are cultivated. ), purchased many years ago from (I think) the John Scheepers catalogue. We closed at the end of July 2017. List of endangered, threatened, and special concern plant species in Connecticut. When I moved from Maryland to Connecticut, pink lady slippers bloomed in the woods behind our house. I loved seeing them popping up in random places along with their friend, Jack in the Pulpit. I have yellow lady slippers growing by my stream in Granby, MA. Several years ago living in CT I visited White Flower Farm and purchased horticultural lady’s slippers and tried my luck with them. When we built our home 30 years ago we only had a couple of Lady Slippers in our yard, this spring I counted over 70!!! It seems this is a hot topic! When we were young, my Mom had us make stick fences around them in our town forrest. When I was a child, they used to grow in the woods across from Edward’s Beach in Westford, MA. I am eagerly awaiting my Lady Slippers. Always a thrill when I came across one. We have lived here 36 years and have been fortunate enough to see them every spring. Grew up in CT, found a few in the woods behind our house in the 60’s and 70’s, always shady where they were,, Loved those and a bleeding heart plant my mother had in the front yard,. She would place a wooden dowel at the site so she could find them the following year. As recently we visited family in western Maine. Illinois. I wouldn’t tell you where I saw them for $1.00 or a million because, the sanctity and mystery of nature are so striking on individual discovery, and I aim to keep it that way! Threatened. We never pick them. Violation of any provision of this section shall be punished by a fine of not more than five dollars. In the 1950’s my Mom was a Girl Scout leader, and on our scouting hikes tried to protect Lady Slippers by making stick fences around them, at least a foot or so from the blossoms, in an attempt to prevent them from being trampled, and to warn off those tempted to pick them. Showy lady’s slipper – Showy lady’s slipper (C. reginae) is another large species, 1 to 2 feet tall, that grows naturally in bogs, swamps, wet meadows and damp woodlands.The white flower is streaked with pink and blooms in late spring/early summer. We called them “lady slipper orchids” of the N.E. Now I know why. One of the absolute treasures of the NC mountains! I was aloud to go in as long as I stayed close by and took the dogs with me… Anyway, I remember on that day was when I stumbled upon the very 1st lady slipper I had ever seen. There are four varieties of Lady Slipper that grow in Nova Scotia (one of which is the Pink Lady Slipper, pictured above). i grew up in MA and owned in Dartmouth, MA for 3 years now. I knew from an early age not to pick them. Alas, during a storm a large tree fell over the area and we never saw them there again. The slipper-shaped lip of the flower serves as a trap for pollinating insects, forcing insect visitors to climb past the reproductive structures and deposit or receive pollinia (pollen masses) to fertilize the flower. Lady's Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium calceolus) This orchid is one of the most endangered flowers in the world. We have lived there for 25 years. We live in Charlestown, RI. So sad! They were protected “way back then” in New York. I used to walk a trail in NH mostly in the spring because of all the lady slippers that were there. They are so beautiful and delicate. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). I will miss them !!!! Because a picked lady slipper will not rejuvenate itself, and the plant has a less than 5% transplant success rate, they are … Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. People here are very aware of the fact that they are protected because when I posted a photo of them on the local “Next Door” social media site (without telling EXACTLY where it was) I got several comments about them being illegal to pick. I live in Wolcott Ct and on our walking trail I’ve found 2 Lady Slippers growing this spring and was quite surprised to see them.. They were white and pink. While camping at Trout Pond in Lost River WV I was lucky enough to see a lady slipper blooming 5/9/17. When we first bought our home the sellers told us about these special flowers that grew all over in the yard and we never saw one until today, very cool and special! Oh yes,.. our wood were filled with them some years, others not so much. I’ve had as many as 45 and (up until this year) as few as 8 over the past 35 years. My Grandfather lived on 65 wooded acres right in the heart of Unionville CT. when I was a child – many years ago . do they like softwood areas because the ground is arid or does the soils texture and composition provide unique nutrients. The wonderful comments brought back so many cherished memories from my childhood. Once the lady slipper plant is mature and producing its own nutrients, the fungus will extract nutrients from the orchid roots. List of endangered, threatened, and special concern plant species in Connecticut. There were “stinky” red trilliums adjacent to our home, a wooded lot, and across the street from him house, another vacant lot he owned, there were white trilliums, that don’t smell, which I liked better because they don’t smell! We enjoyed these for only a couple of years until someone (we live on a very exposed corner) dug them up and stole them. I’m trying seeds. In the late 1970’s , I think,the General Federation of Women’s Clubs was part of a petition drive to make the pink lady’s slipper the state wildflower. Never saw another one anywhere. Not as many as there use to be but they are in the woods behind our house. A lovely and unusual flower. I hope the people who now live in the house enjoy them as much as we did. Occasionally the newly transplanted flowers would survive for awhile , but then disappeared. Beautiful! One to six flowers with ribbonlike petals are borne on a stalk nearly 90 cm (35 inches) tall. It’s still my favorite flower to this day. I went down that driveway this year to see if they were still there. Growing up there in the 1960’s I would see many. Now I There in the woods we found a cluster of pink lady slippers which we jealously guarded, watching out for them each May. They emerge and flower in New England forests between the months of May and July. A very beautiful flower to see. I lived in Greenwich, Connecticut growing up. I used to live in Wakefield, Massachusetts. There was a waterfall and trails with lots of wildlife and several ponds on the property. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. We’ve had over 35 in one patch with others here and there in the woods. A favorite of gardeners for more than 40 years, this beautiful calendar offers original full-color illustrations, timely gardening advice, fun facts, quotes, and lore. We loved seeing the lady slipper flowers but had been warned by our parents that it was illegal to pick them. Another is the pink lady’s slipper (C. acaule), also known as the moccasin flower. 2. One of her favorite projects was “nature,” more exactly, exploring the natural world around you. I am fortunate to have gown up in such a magical place that now only exists in memory. Most species have one or two flowers on a stem about 30 to 60 cm (12 to 24 inches) tall. Yesterday we were hiking on the AT in Maryland and came upon a Ladyslipper. We had them growing in our white pine forest in southern RI back in the ’60’s-70’s, and yes we were told never to pick them. Every year I looked forward to this quiet moment with him. I look forward each year when they blossom. As a fourth grader we were encouraged to do a wild flower book for school. Until last spring. We used to hike in our “town forest” in Needham, Mass. When we visited my grandparents in Brentwood NH when I was barely school age, my Dad and I would go into the woods looking for flowers. I came to live in New England, more specifically New Hartford CT nearly 50 years ago. Love them! White lady’s slipper – The small, white lady’s slipper (C. candidum) reaches anywhere from 6 to 12 inches in height. I grew up in Connecticut and the woods were filled with little rivulets of water… I imagine the wet conditions provided the fairyland for their growth. Interesting note: Ladyslipper s the State Flower of Minnesota. We have Pink Lady Slippers growing behind our garage in Loudon, NH. She told us it was illegal to pick them and we obeyed, except for one time. I just found about a dozen of these off of a trail on our property right by our driveway! I am incredibly fortunate to have three separate clumps of Lady Slippers in a wooded section of my property in Maine. I grew up in Norton Massachusetts in the 1960’s before Route 495 was built.. beyond our back yard were the “Great Woods”. 30 years ago we had 2 or 3 Trillium in the back yard . I had a friend in one day and she was shocked and told me they were on the conservation llist. As a child in the 1960’s living in Edgewood, RI, my family would go on day trips to Arcadia Park in western RI. It is such a treat and a joy to see one of them, just like it is to see any rare wild animal! I lived in Massachusetts as a youngster and remember the beautiful Lady Slipper’s on a point of our land that went out into Sabbatia Lake in Taunton. The property was sold and a development was built… Farmington Woods. I now live in Nebraska where people ask me (about Lady Slippers), “What are they?”, N.Attleboro , back in the woods behind my house were Lady Slippers along side Jack-in-the- pulpit. I live in Douglas Ma and three years ago a lady slipper just appeared in front of our shed. Learn more! I was very surprised to learn we have orchids growing in Pennsylvania. Is it at all possible to get Lady Slipper seeds? Updates? Here’s a complete list of rare, endangered and threatened plants of Pennsylvania.. Doug Oster is editor of Everybody Gardens, a website operated by 535Media, LLC.Reach him at 412-965-3278 or [email protected] other stories, videos, blogs, tips and more at More from Everybody Gardens I remember being told never to pick the lady slippers when I was very little. Wonderful! Many years later my parents built a house in the woods and low and behold after a few years we found a patch of lady slippers in the back area. In Botetourte Co. VA. I am very unhappy they are not there and hope they will be there next year. I kept it as my “secret garden” for several years before I shared the location with a friend who painted them. I live in Nova Scotia, Canada and as a child, I always picked a few Lady Slippers for my mother on her birthday on June 1st. We live on the edge of the State Wildlife MGMT area. I enjoy my walk to see them each Spring. I am glad we did not let the young kids pick it, especially knowing now that they should not be picked. Growing up in central Maine, Dad was a forester and if he knew there were LSs in areas they were cutting he’d attempt to transplant them …. About 35 years ago our garden club in South Windsor, CT was allowed to dig Lady Slipper plants on land that was going to be developed. Love to see them in bunches and I wish the entire world was covered in lady slippers! All Selenipedium species are considered endangered or threatened according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. They grew all over the woods on the family farm in Chateaugay, New York and in Ellenburg, New York. I don’t know if they are still there. I also was told that it was illegal to pick them. They were on the Kankamagus. Lady’s slipper orchids are usually terrestrial, though some are epiphytic or grow on rocks. When we moved to Salem, CT there were Lady Slippers (only a few) growing in back of our house. Endangered “Endangered” means the species lives in the wild in Ontario but is facing imminent extinction or extirpation. We Never did, and they are still there to this day. Loved them! It is a herbaceous perennial that can grow to a height of 10 to 35 cm (4 to 13 inches). showy lady's slipper. i have rattlesnake plantain from my property as well, 5 of them, potted and thriving (semi sun and hi moisture). Please refer to the Rarity Ranks Explanation page for more information. Are lady slippers endangered? I love seeing lady slippers, but only in pictures now, as I have seen none on my hikes and camping trips in SC. In addition to inspiring folklore, lady slipper roots were also widely used by Native Americans as medicinal herbs. They rely on a process called symbiosis to survive, which is typical of most orchid species. I remembering the joy at finding lady slippers blooming in the woods, year after year. I live in western North Carolina. There about a handful and so pretty! I will print out this article for her to read. Haven’t seen one since I was a little girl in Oxford Ma. I am thankful that the previous owners also kept it wild. I wish I could attach my pictures! We don’t know where or why…. Not knowing it was illegal however. Sugars from the pine trees ended up in the lady’s slippers by way of their symbiotic fungi. Spotted 2 at Bourne Scenic Park in Buzzards Bay I grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts and as a child my friends and I loved to play in the woods. In the United States, showy lady’s slippers are listed as endangered, threatened, historical, exploitatively vulnerable, or special concern in 14 states. We took a few photos and every time I visited my Aunt and Uncle after that, I’d go and check on my discovery… I saw your comment and this memory came to mind.. Although we were in a sub-development close to North Easton Center and down the street from where all the schools now are, our backyard (and the woods beyond) seemed a microcosm of the protected and endangered plants it seemed. We were successful and now, in addition t our state flower, the lilac, which is not native to New Hampshire, we have the pink lady’s slipper as our state wildflower. I recall hearing the legend of this lovely plant. Showy lady's slipper orchid (Cypripedium reginae) - Also known as the queen's lady's slipper.Its leaves are large and its blooms have white sepals and petals with a pink to magenta pouch. They did get leaves but never bloomed. They are passed around by people left and right. I USED TO WALKER DOWN TO THE PUG HOLE TO SIT AND WATCH THE LADY SLIPPERS GROW They were very peaceful. Every year we’d stop on our way by to enjoy them. No person shall pull up or dig up the plant of a wild azalea, wild orchid or cardinal flower (lobelia cardinalis), or any part thereof, or injure any such plant or any part thereof except in so far as is reasonably necessary in procuring the flower therefrom, within the limits of any state highway or any other public way or place, or upon the land of another person without written authority from him, and no person shall buy or sell, or offer or expose for sale, any such flower, or the whole or any part of the plant thereof, knowing, or having reasonable cause to believe, that in procuring such flower or plant the foregoing provisions have been violated. Growing up in Maine I have no memory of seeing these beauties but in later years I found them in Connecticut and in New Hampshire. Kentucky. We live in South Kingstown RI. Until I looked at this article and realized how true it is!! Also remember walking in woods and smelling a plant we called trailing arbutus. We saw one today in Rhode Island. The yellow ones are also scattered around the property. We also always looked for “Stinking Benjamin’s” on our rides. I grew up on Cape Cod (Osterville) and remember seeing this beautiful wildflower many times while out walking. Now as an adult I am always excited to see lady’s slippers in the wild. Was looking for a response close to Belchertown, MA. Growing up in Taunton, Ma our mom would frequently take us on walks in the woods where we would see both yellow and pink lady slippers. I was also told it was illegal to pick, and was very upset if anyone broke this sacrosanct law. My very sensitive young nephew picked one because he thought it was so pretty. My young girlfriend from Medway Mass told me 35 years ago not to ever pick them, not because it was illegal but because you couldn’t grow them on your own. It’s rare and needs to be protected.” I was sad, but also extremely excited about my find. I’ve been gone from Concord for over 40 years now, many years, and the area where lady slippers once grew has long-since been developed, thus destroying the fragile ecosystem required in order for these beautiful orchids to grow. I wish the thief was a bit more informed about what a bad idea that was on so many levels. We didn’t dare! I was allowed as a child to pick one lady slipper each summer to put in a vase and admire. I just found a beautiful patch on the side of the road in Temple, Georgia. They were lovely. Today; Travel. We live in Sandwich, MA and I find many lady slippers all around on some of our property which we have let it just stay in its natural state…love to look at them as they are so delicate, however, have never picked any. I immediately wanted to pick it and bring it to my Aunt, but I was taught to always ask before picking flowers and/or plants because they could belong to someone, or be poisonous, or in this case endangered… So, I ran back to my Aunt and Uncles house and dragged my Aunt into the woods to excitedly show her what I found and asked if I could pick it for her… She immediately said, ” No Hunny, that is a special flower. I have never forgotten that delicate pink flower so alone in the dark forest. I now live in MN where the Showy Lady Slipper is the state flower. Currently (1984 to the present), 14 occurrences are documented in the state. It has two opposite basal leaves with conspicuous parallel veins and a large flower at the end of an erect stalk. From touching those lovely slippers that picking lady slippers was illegal to pick them Osterville and. Are vulnerable to collection will not come back every spring counted over 120 of them and yes..! 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