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Cypripedium acaule is often confused with:
Veratrum viride V. viride
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Phytolacca americana Phytolacca americana
Phlox carolina Phlox carolina
Trillium undulatum Trillium undulatum

Moccasin-flower Cypripedium acaule

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
sip-rih-PEE-dee-um a-KAW-lee
This plant has medium severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Very difficult to transplant; requires the presence of a specific rhizoctonia fungus. Erect herb with glandular hairs; leaves basal or on stem, broad strap-like; flowers with large, sac-like lower lip and other, narrow, spreading flower parts, yellow, pink, white; fruit a capsule with many, minute seeds

Habitat: Dry to mesic, acid forests and woodlands, often under pine, other conifers, and/or oaks

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#poisonous#perennial#bumblebees#NC native#food source summer#food source pollen#Piedmont Mountains FACU#Coastal FACU#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#poisonous#perennial#bumblebees#NC native#food source summer#food source pollen#Piedmont Mountains FACU#Coastal FACU#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cypripedium
    Species:
    acaule
    Family:
    Orchidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central & E. Canada to North Central & Eastern U.S.A
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Poisonous
    Wildflower
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Description:
    Fruit displays in August.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Pink
    Flower Size:
    > 6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Hollow, 2 in. pink pouch with heavy veining and a center groove; other sepals and petals are greenish brown and lance-shaped; 6-15 in. leafless flower stalk. Flowers bloom from April to June
  • Leaves:
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Medium
    Poison Symptoms:
    Skin irritation after contact
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Unidentified
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Leaves