Montana Outdoors

June 14, 2011

“Moccasins”

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:41 pm

Mountain Ladyslipper

Mountain Ladyslipper

Mountain Ladyslipper

Mountain Ladyslipper

Mountain Ladyslipper ~ Cypripedium montanum

Many years ago the Okanagan people of British Columbia called these “moccasins” but personally I prefer their present common name. I’ve seen them rather infrequently in some years, but this year they seem to be very plentiful and so even in places where I’ve not seen them before. Must be they liked the deep winter snow. For me, seeing them in bloom is a real highlight of late spring.

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