Lady’s Slippers of Nova Scotia

Lady’s Slippers are all Primitive Orchids

that do not produce Nectar, so pollenation  is mostly by chance. When pollenation does  occurr the seeds will only Germinate in soils with certain Fungi

or their by products present. They are known to live as long as 20 years  which does give them a better chance at reproducing.

Never Pick Lady’s Slippers  as that  Kills the plant  ending all hope of reproducing. They will not produce another bloom once picked.

 

Showy Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium reginae)

Showy Lady's Slipper    Showy Lady's Slipper

 The Showy Lady’s Slipper , also known as the Pink-and-white Lady’s-slipper
or the Queen’s Lady’s-slipper, is a rare terrestrial temperate

lady’s-slipper orchid native to northern North America.

We have only seen Showys in Smileys Provincial Park

 where they Bloom in late June

 

Yellow Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium calceolus)

DSC_0107Jun212010YellowLadySlipper   Yellow Lady's Slipper

 

There are 2 varieties parviflorum found in wet areas and

pubescens found in dry areas where gypsum or limestone is present

About the size of the more common Pink Lady Slipper,

yellows like soil rich in Limestone or Gypsum

and Proliferate around the Gypsum mines of Hants County Blooming  in June

 

Rams Head Lady Slipper (Cypripedium arietinum )

 

Rams Head Lady's Slipper   Rams Head Lady's Slipper

 

Considered Rare the Rams Head is only  known to be found in 6 areas

of Nova Scotia, 5 of which are in Hants County.

We were fortunate enough to find some on our first real attempt to locate them.

Like the Yellows  they are mostly found in Soils rich in Limestone or Gypsum.

They are a tiny plant, no more than 6 inches tall, with blooms about the size of

your little finger nail. They Bloom in Late May/ Early June.

Pink Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium acaule)

Pink Lady's Slipper

Pink Lady's Slipper

the Pink Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium acaule) is a member

of the orchid genus Cypripedium.
Members of this genus are commonly referred to as lady’s slipper orchids.
First described in 1789 by Scottish botanist William Aiton, C. acaule is also referred

to as the Stemless Lady’s-slipper, or Moccasin Flower.
The Pink Lady’s Slipper is the provincial flower of Prince Edward Island
In Nova Scotia,  it is a protected plant, and it is endangered.

White Lady’s Slipper ( Cypripedium acaule var. alba )

White Lady's Slipper

Cypripedium acaule var. alba  White variation of the pink Lady’s Slipper