First bloomer on the property

First bloomer on the property

I thought it might be nice to talk about another first in my first blog post. Today we found the first wild Lady Slipper orchid blooming on our property. The plant, Cyp. acaule AKA the Pink Lady’s Slipper, is relatively common in our area of New Hampshire. I have been monitoring 3 other sites over the last year and now, it appears, I have a 4th site. We have found a non blooming Cyp. acaule on the property, but I have not been able to find the plant this spring.

Now is the time of year to begin hunting for wild Lady’s Slippers, at least in New Hampshire. Many native orchid and wild flower enthusiasts keep orchid populations secret, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find your own. A little research on the web will give you a good idea as to the environment that orchids are likely to be found in your area. Make sure to bring bug repellant, sun protection, and water for drinking. Please DO NOT pick, dig up, or other was harm the plants as this may put you in legal trouble and is also very destructive to wild orchid populations.

Good luck and happy orchid hunting.



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