Jun 28 2009
I almost missed my chance this month to show you the most beautiful flower I’ve ever found in the woods. The last time I saw one was in late May of 2006. They bloom in June as well.
This is Pink Lady’s Slipper, a member of the orchid family that’s so rare it’s listed as endangered in some states. That’s because it grows very slowly, deer love to eat it and people dig it up for their gardens. Sadly, transplanting kills this plant because it won’t grow without a special woodland fungus in the soil around it. If left alone these plants can live for 20 years.
Pink Lady’s Slipper is my secret plant. Even where not endangered, I don’t tell the world its location because I’m afraid someone will steal it. It’s a treasure in the woods.
(photo by Dianne Machesney)