It's Memorial Day and that means...

the Showy Lady’s-Slippers (Cypripedium reginae) are blooming:

If you’re lucky, you can find them growing in fens, near small spring-fed creeks and on seepy dolomite bluffs. According to the Department of Conservation, they occur in seven Missouri counties, all in the Ozarks, though I only know them from a single locaton. It’s a small, but apparently stable colony, numbering between 9 and 14 plants in the three visits I’ve made to the site. They are, thankfully, in an out-of-the-way area. I know more than one person who would quickly dig them up given an opportunity.

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