Showy lady's slipper is a member of the Orchid family with white petals and a bright pink pouch that together look like a "slipper." The leaves are oval, broad, and have many veins that run parallel to the leaf edges. Both the leaves and the stems are finely hairy.
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Showy lady's slipper is listed as threatened or endangered in nearly every state where it is found. It generally grows in deciduous forests and prefers well-drained soils. The showy flowers appear in summer in most areas (generally between June and July). Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, a Project BudBurst partner, is very interested in phenology observations of this plant.