One of the special
features of our farm is a narrow strip of pine woods occupied by hundreds
(perhaps thousands) of pink ladyslipper orchids. These beautiful orchids
bloom in late April/early May; ours seem to be on the increase, though
not endangered, they are still considered rare.
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require a specialized environment. They grow in acid soil and require
the presence of a specific mycorrhizal fungus to survive. (Generally
found under pine trees) As a result, pink ladyslippers collected from
the wild and transplanted into a garden will slowly languish and eventually
die. Besides being unrewarding long-term, collecting this species
from the wild harms native populations and should be avoided.