The mystery photo last Tuesday was indeed a Yellow Lady Slipper! Years ago Far Guy ordered tiny little plants from a laboratory in Minnesota called Spangle Creek Labs. These plants are the result of those plantings.
In Minnesota you can dig up and move Lady Slippers with the permission of the property owner. I am not sure why you would do this..possibly in the case of building a road or a building site that was going to destroy the plants. It is illegal to dig them from the ditch. If I see you, I am going to get your license plate number and turn you in. You will pay a fine, that and I am probably going to take your picture too.
The Yellow Lady’s Slipper or Cypripedium parviflorum variety pubescens is one of forty-two species of native orchids in Minnesota. I have only seen three, up until last year I had only seen two. Who knows what the summer will bring.
The Yellow Lady’s Slipper plants out front in the really wild flowery gardens always bloom first. We also have a patch of plants that were on this property along the back drive, they will bloom in a few weeks. The State Flower Cypripedium reginae or the Showy Lady Slipper usually blooms around Fathers Day until July 4th if the weather is not too hot. The rare White Lady’s Slipper or Cypripedium reginae forma albolabium blooms around July first..at least that is when it bloomed last year, this year we will wait and see what happens:)