Yellow Ladyslipper – Native Plant of the Day 05/17/2017
Photo from 05/15/2014. Location: Murray County, GA.
More photos / info at the Cypripedium parviflorum detail page.
Yellow Ladyslipper, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (5/25/2014.) Scientific name is Cypripedium parviflorum. It is also known as Lesser Yellow Lady’s Slipper, Greater Yellow Lady’s Slipper, Small Flowered Yellow Lady’s Slipper. Photo below was taken in Murray County, GA on May 15, 2014. Go to the Yellow Ladyslipper detail page for more photos and information.
Grassy Mountain is a 3600’+ peak in Murray County, Georgia, just outside the southwest corner of the Cohutta Wilderness. It’s probably best known as the home of Conasauga Lake, which at 3150′ is the highest lake in Georgia. It is formed by a small dam on the headwaters of Mill Creek. I’d spent a lot of time in and around the Cohutta Wilderness in the 90’s, but hadn’t been back much since then, so when I got an email last week from Mike Christison of the Georgia Botanical Society where he mentioned he’d seen Yellow Ladyslippers blooming on Grassy Mountain in the past, and that they were recently blooming at a much lower elevation, I figured this would be a great time for a return trip to the area. In spite of the cool temperatures, wind, and occasional rain, it WAS a great time; my wife and I identified (at least to a genus level)
37 40 different wildflower species in bloom, including this Wideleaf Spiderwort (Tradescantia subaspera.)
Forestry Service Road 283 provides a great drive in the mountains of northeast Georgia during the spring wildflower season. This is the second season we’ve driven this road looking for wildflowers, and were not disappointed. At one of our stops at a campsite along the road my wife spotted this moth (perhaps a Spilosoma species?) on one of dozens of Pink Ladyslippers (Cypripedium acaule) in the area.
Once Dave and I got camp set up on the site at the junction of Big Frog and Rough Creek Trails, I used the remaining daylight to see what wildflowers I might find beyond those we saw on the way in. I was pretty excited to find four pink ladyslippers – Cypripedium acaule – right around the next bend in the trail. I addition to these four, there was a colony of many on the hilltop above our campsite, as we found out the next day.
Pink ladyslipper is one of many beautiful members of the orchid family.