Pink Lady's Slipper

By William T. Hathaway

Pink Ladyslipper (Cypripedium acaule)

It is surprising to me when I realize that the Pink Lady's Slipper Orchid is still quite commonly found throughout Pittsylvania County, Virginia. The orchid's preference for open woodland settings seems to give it an adequate opportunity for growth, since such settings are found around home sites and woodland edges. This is in contrast to the distribution of the Yellow Lady's Slipper which seems to have vanished from many of its former rich, moist, and shady woodland slopes.

To many of our younger folks the first sight of this wild orchid calls up a feeling of wonderment. Amateur botanists such as I consider this species a nonpareil of our local wild-flowering plants.