Cypripedium candidum Muhl. ex Willd.
White lady’s slipper
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Liliopsida||Monocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family|
|Subclass||Liliidae||Includes lilies, orchids, and many others|
|Order||Asparagales||A diverse group that includes asparagus|
|Genus||Cypripedium||Latinization (albeit an incorrect one) of ancient Greek words meaning “Venus’ shoe”|
|Species||candidum||From Latin for “shining white”|
About plant names...
White lady's slipper is an increasingly rare native of North America. Please don't pick
them or try to transplant them!
Identification: These small, rare, delicate plants are 4-14″ (10-35 cm)
tall, with 2-4 roughly oval-shaped leaves 1¾-6″ (5-15 cm) long. Each stem supports a single white
sometimes with purple markings,
1-4″ (3-11 cm) long. They do not grow in acid soils, but prefer alkaline
bogs and fens or meadows, such as those near limestone.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
The U.S. Forest Service Celebrating Wildflowers site
The Orchid Conservation Coalition
Cypripedium candidum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Sep 2023.
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5/15/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Massachusetts · ≈ 9 × 14″ (23 × 35 cm)
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