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Cypripedium parviflorum

Common Names: Yellow Lady's Slipper,
Cypripedium parviflorum
Cypripedium parviflorum

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Genus: Cypripedium
Species: Cypripedium parviflorum

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Yellow lady’s slipper has a singular sac-like flower that resembles a “slipper” with twisted petals. It has alternating leaves that are large, parallel-veined, and clasping a hairy stem.

Habitat & Range

It is found in wet woods throughout the US and Canada.


The plant produces nectar to attract insects and use them to pollinate itself. They contain very small seeds that can be easily transported off by wind currents.

Life Cycle

Yellow lady’s slipper bloom between late spring and summer in the months of May-July.

Featured image by Daniel Layton.


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