Pink Lady Slippers

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Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Acres

Pink Lady Slipper

                                                       Rare and beautiful "Pink Lady Slipper" 

The pink lady slipper does not bloom every year, however, I cannot determine it's pattern.

Sometimes apple trees or black berries have "Bumper" crops every other year, but it seems like these bloom for a few years in a row, and then for a year or two or even more, they don't.

Typically we find them between Mothers Day and Memorial Day. We have never picked them or tried to transplant them, however, we do protect the area of land where they have been known to grow.

Our son and his friends know not to drive their big mud trucks or four wheelers in this spot. In the year they do bloom, there are usually only 2 or 3 blooms. Last year there were two. We enjoy and admire their beauty.

There may not always be a rose to stop and smell,

but there is always something from Nature to

                enjoy and appreciate!

 

 

Comments (4)

Suesan Jenifer Therriault
JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team - Blakeslee, PA
"Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own".

Marilyn,
I've never seen a "Pink Lady Slipper" before. It's actually very pretty. Thank you for the post ... I would have gone many more years without knowing about this flower.
Sue

May 19, 2009 02:42 AM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Hey, Marilyn.

You've got some very nice plants there.

Cypripedium acaule needs very acidic soil to grow and bloom, so during the years where you don't get a flower, you probably simply didn't have enough rain that year to decompose the leaves on top of the soil enough to provide good acidity. If you have two or more flowers per plant, you probably had some good rainfall. It also has a symbiotic relationship with fungus in the soil.

That is part of the problem with its habitat because people will find them and then dig them up to take home. There's almost no way that they can provide soil in a pot that is acidic enough for the plant to survive, and there won't be enough fungus in the soil to maintain the symbiotic relationships, so the plant will die.

Additionally, the flower needs to cycle through to seed in order for the plant to regenerate, so it's never a good idea to pick the flower when found in the wild like this.

May 19, 2009 05:56 AM
Marilyn Harrell
Better Homes and Acres - Beaverton, MI
Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI

Suesan, Glad to share this beautiful flower with you! I'm hoping to go look for them tonight or tomorrow.

May 19, 2009 10:47 PM
Marilyn Harrell
Better Homes and Acres - Beaverton, MI
Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI

Russel, We've never picked or try to move them, however, last year, we went over there one night and they were in bloom but I didn't have my camera with me, so a couple days later when we went back, they had been picked!!!! There had been some Trespassers on our property the day before and we believe they picked them. I was heart broke, as we've enjoyed these flowers on our property as far back as 20 years ago! I appreciate the info about their habitat - as that explains why some years they are there and some years not. It had always been a mystery to me!!! And now I know not to dig them up and bring them home. Hoping to go look for them in the next day or two!

May 19, 2009 10:55 PM