Plant Profile

Cypripedium acaule: Pink Lady’s Slipper, Moccasin Flower

Family: Orchid

Location: Holliday Lake State Park: Lakeshore Trail, Dogwood Trail; Bear Creek Lake: Channel Cat Trail

Bloom Period: May

Habitat: Mixed hardwood coniferous forests with acidic soil, deep humus

Interesting Fact:

  • Only Lady’s Slipper without stem leaves
  • Seeds do not have food supply inside; to grow, seeds need a fungus to break them open, attach themselves, and supply nutrients
  • Plants live 20 or more years
  • Plants need several years to recover from blooming.