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U.S. Forest Service

The Lady's Slipper Orchids

Meet The Ladies

Did you know that in addition to the tall trees for which we are best known, a beautiful and sometimes hidden treasure of wondrous native orchids are on our National Forests and Grasslands?

Shy and pale, or flaunting in glorious color, they can be found under trees, in small openings, grassy meadows or prairies. Some are rare or becoming rare. With quality management, the help of our partners, and with your support we can reverse that trend. To that end, we practice conservation and manage their habitats so that future generations will also be able to enjoy their many benefits.

We believe you too will be struck by their beauty and complexity as you meet the elegant “ladies” of our National Forests and Grasslands.

pink lady's slipper, Cypripedium acaule. About The Lady Slipper

pink lady's slipper, Cypripedium acaule. Moccasin flower (Cypripedium acaule)

ram's-head lady's slipper, Cypripedium arietinum. Ram's-head lady's slipper (Cypripedium arietinum)

California lady's slipper, Cypripedium californicum. California lady's slipper (Cypripedium californicum)

white lady's slipper, Cypripedium candidum. White lady's slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

Clustered lady's slipper, Cypripedium fasciculatum. Clustered lady's slipper (Cypripedium fasciculatum)

spotted lady's slipper, Cypripedium guttatum. Spotted lady's slipper (Cypripedium guttatum)

Kentucky lady's slipper, Cypripedium kentuckiense. Kentucky lady's slipper (Cypripedium kentuckiense)

Mountain lady's slipper, Cypripedium montanum. Mountain lady's slipper (Cypripedium montanum)

yellow lady's slipper, Cypripedium parviflorum. Yellow lady's slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum)

Sparrow's egg lady's slipper, Cypripedium passerinum. Sparrow's egg lady's slipper (Cypripedium passerinum)

showy lady's slipper, Cypripedium reginae. Showy lady's slipper (Cypripedium reginae)