Pink and White Lady Slipper
Minnesota State Flower
The ostentatious pink and white lady slipper is the official Minnesota State Flower. Support for the delicate orchid was encouraged by promotion of the “National Garland of Flowers” for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. It was later discovered that the variety submitted in 1893 (Cypripedium calceolus) was an orchid not found in Minnesota. The women of the St. Anthony Study Circle brought this to the attention of the legislature. A new resolution was passed in 1902 adopting the native Cypripedium reginae as the official state flower.
The pink and white lady’s slipper grows in spruce and tamarack bogs, swamps, wet meadows, wet prairies, and cool, damp woods. The showy orchid may be found anywhere in the “North Star State” where these habitats exist.
Pink and White Lady Slipper Facts
Common Name: Pink and White Lady Slipper
Scientific Name: Cypripedium reginae
Year Adopted: 1902
Peak Bloom: June to July
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