Lady Slipper
~Cypripedium montanum~
Lady Slipper Wildflowers are one of the rarer wildflowers of Glacier National Park

Life is not measured by the breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away

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Lady Slipper blooms in late spring early summer on mature plants.

Lady Slippers live much longer then their namesakes. The Lady Slipper with it's two brown lace ups reminds me much more of a ballet slipper'. Lady Slippers grow in a few open forested areas in Glacier National Park. Suddenly coming across Lady Slipper along side a forest trail can be hazardous to your health. The first time I saw a Lady Slipper blooming next to the trail I almost tripped over a rock. Actually I did trip but was able to not do a face plant. Without a doubt the most aptly named wildflower I have ever had the privlege of seeing in it's native setting.

"Cypripedium montanum grows individually or in clumps. The plant's stem has up to 5 leaves and at maturity bears 1 to 3 flowers. The petals and sepals are deep magenta-brown and the lip is white with deep magenta venation"

"Cypripedium montanum, like its name suggests, is a montane species, grows in a variety of canopy conditions and soils. Its primary habitat is semi-shady- to-open edge and can be found under, or near coniferous trees or hardwoods such as aspen or dogwood. It tolerates drier conditions than many of the other species in this genus. In the montane West, its association with Douglas-fir and shrubs such as ninebarkand snowberry indicates it has existed for centuries in habitat shaped by wildfire." USFS

The best wildflower guide that I use is

Northern Rocky Mountain Wildflowers (Falcon Guides Wildflowers).