Plant Progression: Pink Lady's Slipper Orchid

Pink lady's slipper orchids are identifiable as soon as they emerge. The leaves poke up tightly furled and fuzzy, with veins running parallel up their length.

Two large leaves unfold, attached at the base of the plant.

A fuzzy bud is wrapped inside.

You'll often find them in clusters.

Pollination rates are low, but sometimes you'll get lucky and find one in fruit. You can still see the wilted flower here too.

The capsules hang around a long time after splitting open and releasing the dust-like seeds. Sometimes you'll even see them poking up through the snow.