Friday, June 4, 2010

Flora and Fauna Friday - The Showy Lady's Slipper

Flora and Fauna Friday

The Showy lady's Slipper, while it is the state flower of Minnesota and New Hampshire, can still be found in southern Missouri, though it is considered imiperiled. It thrives in neutral to basic soils and prefers growing in fens. Historically, it is difficult to raise. They typically 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.

"May each of us have a Homeplace to hold onto, if only in our minds."

Bill ;-)

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