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Summer splendor

Showy lady's slippers usher in the first days of summer.

Showy Lady's Slippers
A highlight of summer for wild orchid enthusiasts is the sight of the blooming cluster of showy lady's slippers in the Northland Arboretum on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. The Minnesota state flower needs special conditions for its special characteristics. The most common habitat is wetlands and moist woods, generally in limy sites, at low to moderate elevations. Rhizomes can live indefinitely, and plants may live up to 50 years, taking up to 16 years to flower for the first time, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
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