The small yellow lady’s-slipper is more diminutive than its large-slippered relative and perhaps even more striking, the petals and sepals are generally darker colored, ranging from a reddish-brown to deep mahogany, which contrast nicely with the deep yellow lip. This is almost exclusively a wetland plant in the Great Lakes region. It grows in wet woods and swamps as well as wet meadows, fens, and wet prairies, where it is often found with Cypripedium candidum (small white lady’s-slipper). Under cultivated conditions, it tolerates a much broader range of soil conditions, but prefers loose, moisture retentive sandy loam.
We currently have plants in stock that bloomed in the nursery (May 2022). These are listed as “blooming size.” Near-blooming-size plants are the same age, size, and vigor, but have not bloomed yet.