It was Fathers Day, so the Showy Lady’s Slipper that are the Minnesota State Flower are beginning to bloom. They will bloom about two weeks, give or take, depending on wind, the rain and the temperatures.
I got a heads up from Phyllis a faithful blog reader and friend and from my cousin Geraldine. We found these blooming in a ditch about eight miles south of us.
One of these evenings we will head out to see how the rare white ones did this year. Last year they were deer food before they even opened. I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed that the deer have not found them this year.
These Lady’s Slippers are part of the Orchid Family and are native to Minnesota throughout the entire state except for the southwestern part of the state..it must be too rocky there. They like wet swamps and moist woods that get some sun. It is a very slow growing plant and from seed to bloom can take 15 to 20 years.
Our Yellow Lady’s Slippers on the back drive have begun blooming too, I will get a photo or two or ten tomorrow:)