The Slipper Orchids
Cypripedium reginae: Showy lady's slipper
The showy lady's slipper occurs from the northeastern seaboard west to Minnesota, south to Arkansas in widely scattered colonies. Throughout its entire range, it is listed as threatened or endangered in almost every state where it still exists.
Cypripedium reginae is a large, multi-stemmed plant with stems up to 35 in. in length and with 3-5 leaves per stem. The mature plant will have 1-3 large flowers. The flower is mostly white with a rosy lip and white petals and sepals.
Cypripedium reginae grows in hummocky, damp deciduous forests and on rocky outcrops with rich organic soil that may be alkaline or limestone based. Like all other Cypripedium species, requires well-drained soil.