||Late spring, early summer
||Wet, swamps, moist woods, slow-moving streams
||Native – Protected Michigan Wildflower – Do Not Disturb
||Flower is a pink and white ball-shaped pouch with wide white sepals and petals. There may be up to 3 flowers on separate flowerstalks on a single stem.
||Leaves are on the full length of the stem. They alternate and are broad with prominent veins running parallel. Bases of leaves clasp the stem.
||The Showy Lady’s Slipper is the largest and most impressive of the orchids found in Michigan. It should never be handled or dug up. This long-lived plant takes up to 15 years to mature and form flowers. Some people get a poison ivy like rash from touching the stems or leaves.