This spring-flowering plant grows in moist places, preferably in acidic soil, from Newfoundland to Manitoba. The lady's slipper was selected (1947) as the PROVINCIAL FLORAL EMBLEM of PEI. The showy lady's slipper (C. reginae) was chosen first but, because it is rare, was replaced in 1965 by the pink lady's slipper. As it is difficult to grow, the lady's slipper should not be disturbed in its native stands. The sedative qualities of a root infusion of yellow lady's slipper (C. calceolus) or of moccasin flower were known to Canadian native people.
See also PLANTS, NATIVE USES.
Author CÉLINE ARSENEAULT
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