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MN state flower: Cypripedium reginae - the Showy Lady's Slipper

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I had a caller today ask about whether it was legal to own a showy lady's slipper, so I did a little research ....

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Excerpts from:
Lady Slipper Scenic Byway http://www.ladyslipperscenicbyway.org
Orchids of Minnesota by Welby R. Smith, MN DNR


About the Showy Lady's Slipper

The Showy Lady Slipper is Minnesota's state flower, also known as the Pink & White Lady P1020135.JPGSlipper, Cypripedium reginae (Showy Lady Slipper Orchid).

The Showy Lady Slipper is one of Minnesota's rarest wildflowers. Thriving in swamps, bogs and damp woods, they grow slowly, taking 4-16 years to produce their first flower. They can live up to 50 years and grow up to 4 feet tall. They bloom in late June to early July and there are more than 10,000 Showy Lady Slippers along the Lady Slipper Scenic Byway, between Cass Lake and Blackduck Minnesota.

Adoption as our state flower

Minnesota Senator W. B. Dean sponsored a resolution naming the wild lady slipper (cypripedium calceolus), the state's official state flower. It was passed by the legislature on February 3, 1893. However, a controversy ensued.... Read more ....

Laws protecting the Showy Lady's Slipper


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