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