Mountain Lady’s Slipper – Cypripedium montanum

Orchid Family – Orchidaceae

Actual flower size:1 inch across

Actual flower size:1 inch across

Plant Description: The Mountain Lady’s Slipper is 1 to 2 feet tall. Numerous, large, broadly-oval, clasping, parallel-veined leaves alternate up the stem. Each of the 1 to 3 blossoms is attached above a leaf, one above the other.

Flower Description: The lower petal inflates into a white pouch about 1 inch long, sometimes with purplish veins. There is one central sepal and two smaller petals above the pouch which twist and show shades of yellowish-greenish purple with darker purple stripes. Two similar sepals hang underneath the pouch.

Ecology: The Mountain Lady’s Slipper grows in deep humus on well-drained, but moist mountain slopes, in conifer forests at low to middle elevations east of the Cascade Mountains.

Note: The Mountain Lady’s Slipper is very fragrant.

Mountain Lady’s Slipper Photo Gallery

Photo information: #4502 was taken on July 17, 2004 on the Red Top Trail, Hwy 97, Mineral Springs, WA;  the other photos were taken on June 9, 2012 on the Ingall’s Creek Trail, Hwy 97, Blewett Pass.


Actual flower size:1 inch across