Showy Pink Lady-Slipper Orchids

The Showy Pink Lady-Slipper orchid is uncommon and only appears for a week or so sometime in June.  Fortunately this year I caught them at their peak.DSC07363These flowers are listed as endangered in New Hampshire and I’m not aware of any locations in New Hampshire where they are found.  So technically this post is from Vermont, but I couldn’t resist adding it.   I see many more of the common Pink Lady-Slipper (I found large numbers in Pillsbury State Park last year) and even the less common Yellow Lady-Slipper, but these ones are a treat.  They’re not called showy for nothing!DSC07356 DSC07355I found these in Eshqua Bog, a Nature Conservancy preserve in Hartland, Vermont, just over the border from Woodstock.  There were hundreds in blossom on the day I visited.  So although they may be rare, the population in this location at least is secure.

This one looks like a face.

This one looks like a face.

I just read that wildflower enthusiasts from all over New England come to this spot to see these guys.  Fortunately, on the day before Father’s Day we had it to ourselves.

Here are the more commonly found pink and yellow lady-slipper orchids from other New Hampshire expeditions:

Pink Lady-Slipper Orchid

Pink Lady-Slipper Orchid

Yellow Lady-Slipper Orchid

Yellow Lady-Slipper Orchid

Happy travels!

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