Showy Lady’s-slipper (Cypripedium reginae)

Showy Lady’s Slipper, one of 43 orchids found in Minnesota, was named the state flower in 1902. When flowering, it can be easy to spot in fens, bogs, swamps and moist roadsides in northern Minnesota. A pollen source for leaf-cutter bees, the plant has been protected in the wild from collection since 1925.