PLANT PROFILE

Cypripedium acaule  
Pink lady's slipper or moccasin flower



Cypripedium acaule¨›
Cypripedium acaule¨›
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Cypripedium acaule  
Common name: Pink lady's slipper or moccasin flower
Group: monocot
Family: Orchidaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 6" - 1-1/2'
Foliage: Two large, 6-8" opposite, hairy, basal leaves
Flower: 1 - 2" Pink, rarely in white (forma albiflorum),resembling a balloon
Flowering time: May-early June
Habitat: dry or moist, acid, sandy woods, bog edges
Range in New Jersey: statewide
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Distribution:
Misc. USDA notes this plant in NJ as facultative upland; Usually occurs in non-wetlands (estimated probability 67%-99%), but occasionally found on wetlands (estimated probability 1%-33%).
Occasionally in white, pictured below.
cypripedium acaule

Cypripedium acaula forma albiflorum