The Slipper Orchids
Cypripedium kentuckiense: Kentucky lady's slipper
Kentucky lady's slipper occurs across the southern US from Virginia to Texas in widely separated populations.
Cypripedium kentuckiense is a large, showy orchid with stems up to about 28 in. in length. The stems have about 5 leaves and bear a single flower when mature. The pouch of the large flower is creamy to pale yellow with greenish purple-mottled petals.
Cypripedium kentuckiense grows in southern hardwood forests on damp, low-lying areas near springs and in flood plains in acidic, sandy, and well-drained soils.