Cypripedium parviflorum var. makasin (SMALL YELLOW LADY’S-SLIPPER)


Height: 30–40 cm
Color: sepals and petals deep mahogany; lip rich yellow, dotted with purple spots within
Season: mid May to early June (Great Lakes region)
Habitat: wet woods and swamps; wet meadows, wet prairies, fens
Exposure: part shade
Associates: In shaded sites with Caltha palustris (marsh marigold), Lindera benzoin (spicebush), Pedicularis lanceolata (swamp betony), Micranthes pensylvanica (Pennsylvania saxifrage); In open ares with Cypripedium candidum (small white lady’s-slipper), Hypoxis hirsuta (yellow star grass), Parnassia glauca (grass of Parnassus), Zizia aurea (golden Alexander).



The small yellow lady’s-slipper is more diminutive than its large-slippered relative, and perhaps even more striking, the deep mahogany petals and sepals contrasting 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).

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