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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Showy Lady Slipper

The Pink Lady Slipper belongs to the Orchid Family.  The stem is typically 1-2ft tall. The leaves grow up to 7 inches long and 4 inches wide.  The hairs on the stem and leaves contain an acid  that has been known to cause a rash on human skin.  The plant typically has only one to two flowers or "slippers" that give off a fragrance to attract pollinators. This beautiful flower is becoming very rare in Iowa and is currently listed on the state's threatened species list. After much searching, I found this Showy Lady Slipper blooming in Clayton County during the first week of June.

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