showy lady’s slipper

(Cypripedium reginae)

Conservation Status
showy lady’s slipper
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern


NNR - Unranked

SNR - Unranked


not listed

Wetland Indicator Status
  Great Plains

FACW - Facultative wetland


FACW - Facultative wetland

  Northcentral & Northeast

FACW - Facultative wetland


16 to 40

Showy lady’s slipper is the tallest orchid in Minnesota.


Flower Color


White and pink


Similar Species


Wet. Woods, bogs, swamps.




Early June to Mid-July


Pests and Diseases




Showy lady’s slipper is Minnesota’s state flower.


Distribution Map



2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30.









  Kingdom Plantae (green algae and land plants)  
  Subkingdom Viridiplantae (green plants)  
  Infrakingdom Streptophyta (land plants and green algae)  
  Superdivision Embryophyta (land plants)  
  Division Tracheophyta (vascular plants)  
  Subdivision Spermatophytina (seed plants)  
  Class Liliopsida (monocots)  


Asparagales (agaves, orchids, irises, and allies)  


Orchidaceae (orchids)  
  Subfamily Cypripedioideae (slipper orchids)  


Cypripedium (hardy slipper orchids)  
  Subgenus Irapeana  
  Section Obtusipetala  





Common Names


pink and white lady’s slipper

queen’s lady’s-slipper

showy lady’s slipper

showy lady’s-slipper











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  Cypripedium reginae (Showy Ladyslipper)
Allen Chartier
  Cypripedium reginae (Showy Ladyslipper)  
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  Showy lady slipper - Cypripedium reginae - flower opening

Uploaded on Aug 7, 2008

The showy lady slipper (Cypripedium reginae), also known as the pink-and-white lady slipper or the queen's lady slipper, is a rare orchid found in eastern North America. The plant became the state flower of Minnesota in 1902, and it became protected by state law in 1925. It is illegal to pick or uproot a showy lady slipper flower in Minnesota. This rare plant has vanished from much of its historical range due to habitat loss.

Found in damp woods, bogs, and swamps, the orchid can take 16 years to grow and bloom for the first time. The plants can live for 50 years, and tend to flower in late June and early July. Usually, there are one or two flowers per stem, but there can be three or four. The stem has a hairy appearance, and the "hairs" can cause irritation to some people.

Although this plant was originally chosen as the provincial flower for Prince Edward Island in 1947, it was so rare on the island that another Lady's Slipper, C. acaule (moccasin flower or pink lady slipper), has replaced it as the province's floral emblem.

Cypripedium reginae can be found in Canada from Saskatchewan east to Atlantic Canada, and the eastern United States south to Arkansas and Tennessee.


This flower is quite rare, and is considered imperiled (SRANK S2) or critically imperiled (S1) in Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Newfoundland and Labrador, North Dakota, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Additionally, it is considered vulnerable (S3) in Indiana, Maine, Manitoba, Massachusetts, New York, Quebec, Vermont, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

It was historically found in Kentucky and North Carolina, but has not been found recently. The only province to rank C. reginae as Apparently Secure (S4) is Ontario.

Showy lady's-slipper is quite sensitive to hydrologic disturbances, and is threatened by wetland draining, habitat destruction and horticultural collectors.

  Nancy Today: Showy Lady's Slipper Orchids at Purdon's ASMR

Published on Jun 16, 2008

Purdon Conservation Area. Certain conditions are needed for pink lady slipper orchids. They are a rare flower.

  Showy Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium Reginae)

Published on May 29, 2012

I found this plant whilst walking through the Rose Lake marsh area in Bath MI. I went back the next day to get some more pictures of it and found that the plant had been eaten, possibly by deer.

  Conservation Corps Minnesota project work: Lady Slipper Transplants
Brad Pazian

Uploaded on Sep 18, 2011

This video was taken along the Lady Slipper Scenic Byway north of Pennington, MN and south of Blackduck. Due to a road construction project the shoulders of the road are soon to be destroyed. This area, as the name would imply, has a very high concentration of Showy Lady Slippers. So we are digging them up, moving them to a safe location, and eventually when the roadwork is finished putting them back into the ground alongside the road.

  Showy Lady Slipper at Horticulture Gardens (Morris, MN on Jun23rd11)

Uploaded on Jan 5, 2012

Music by Jon P. (former resident of Morris)


  Showy Lady's Slippers
Bryan Wells

Published on Jul 8, 2012

A short trip into Sunkhaze Meadows to find a secret location where dozens of Showy Lady's Slippers flourish.




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