When I was a little girl I always felt that stumbling upon a lady's slipper in the forest was like coming upon a fairy home. Its genus name refers to Aphrodite and 'foot', and thus a tiny shoe or 'lady's slipper' and it is also known as moccasin flower (a name I preferred as a child). It is the only member of the orchid family that survives our Canadian climate but it doesn't transplant well and because of this it has unfortunately suffered reduction in the wild though when left alone can live up to twenty years. Medicinally the roots were used to treat tooth pain and muscle spams and as a sedative.
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