January 28, 2020

Find the Slipper

Cypripedium parviflorum - Yellow lady's slipper

Mark Uchneat Photo | Cypripedium parviflorum - Yellow lady's slipper

THE WEEKEND EDITION (So big it covers two days)

One would think a rare sight to see would be hard to find, but Cypripedium parviflorum, or yellow lady’s slipper, can be found in nearly every state and province of North America. The native orchid can grow in a wide variety of habitats: shady, damp forest understory of mixed deciduous and coniferous forests to open meadows and along streams in acidic soils. But it is true that the plant is of special concern, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, with a number of states listing it as endangered, threatened or vulnerable. Yellow lady slipper is hardy to Zone 3, which is all of Maine, and requires 2 or 3 hours of direct morning or afternoon light, with dappled shade the rest of the day.