Pink Lady's-Slipper, Cypripedium acule
In the very beginning, we knew the lady's-slippers would be the stars of the show. Our very first feature on the Flora-Quest advertising cards (do you still have all five cards?) is still the big draw. People love this incredible flower.
This was the big bonus flower, as we have never had so many Trilliums in bloom during Flora-Quest. Usually these ephemeral are spent, but this year's cool, wet weather kept them in good form. The flora of Shawnee has never looked better than in 2011. We never dreamed we could see Trilliums and Lady's-slippers blooming side by side.
Brilliant displays from the roadside, these flowers love to cling to the steep, sunny embankments along the forest roads.