Pink Lady’s Slipper – Cypripedium acaule
This is a wildflower that many people recognize but are surprised to learn it is an orchid. If you live in the northeast United States, it is easy to find this orchid in highly acidic soil habitats often forming large colonies. The plant will likely die if someone tries to transplant it because inveribly the roots are damaged and the companion fungus dies. Enjoy them where they grow. This portrait was taken in the mountains of North Carolina. Photo © DRMcAdoo.