Pink Lady’s Slipper Orchid

Remember when I wrote about the thrill of surprises… well, imagine my surprise when Jim and I were hiking in Chuck Swan a few days ago and happened upon a cluster of Pink Lady’s Slipper Orchids!  They were right along the side of the dirt road within arm’s reach.  I had never seen one in person before and this was a thrill.

Pink Lady's Slipper Orchid in Chuck Swan Wildlife AreaIf you have never hiked in Chuck Swan before, then what better reason do you have than to try to spot these beautiful native orchids.

The Pink Lady’s  Slipper Orchids are native to Tennessee and bloom from May through July (learn more).  A friend of mine, who  makes it a point to stay on top of the area’s wildflowers, says that they are also at Big Ridge State Park — which may also have the more rare white ones.

NOTE:  Please do not dig these wildflowers to put in your own flower beds.  They will not survive as they require a symbiotic relationship with a special fungus in the soil.  Simply enjoy them each year in their native habitat.

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