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By Sigrid Olson

Mountain ladies in full bloom


Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder

A mountain lady's slipper orchid in the woods of the Blackfoot Valley.

The "Goddess foot of the mountain" flowers are found throughout the area in spring and summer. They have been admired for their beauty and collected for centuries.

Cypripedium montanum perennial flowers are commonly known as a type of lady's slipper plant which is part of the orchid family. Known as the Slipper orchids, these native orchids can be found in a variety of habitats including grassy meadows, small openings, tucked under conifer trees, in cool damp glades and even prairies.

There are 11 known types of lady's slipper orchids in Montana.

The meaning behind the name Cypri pedium mo...

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