Saturday, May 22, 2010

Look For It Now: Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid

Yellow Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium pubescens) is blooming in Vermont. Look for this wild orchid in bogs, shady swamp areas and wet woodlands. The plant may stand 12- to 30-inches tall, and flowers with a yellow, slipper-like blossom in May and June. Each flower is held above the foliage on the stalk, with a single leafy bract behind the flower. Locally, one can find this special flower in Eshqua Bog, a 41-acre preserve in Hartland, VT, diverse in bog and fen plants. Photo by Sara Eisenhauer.

On Saturday, June 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., VINS is offering a naturalist-led tour of Eshqua Bog for an up-close look at a variety of native Vermont wildflowers, including the lady's slipper. Call (802) 359-5000, ext. 223 for more information and to register.

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