[gardeners] wild flower rescue

Cyndi Bunn (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Wed, 12 May 1999 10:02:34 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Yesterday afternoon my husband, 10-year-old daughter and I went on a wildflower 
rescue to some land my husband's family owns.   The land is in the process 
of being sold to a developer. I had never even seen the land before, but my 
husband assured me that his childhood memories in those woods included lots of 
wonderful wildflowers.  How right he was!  We rescued lots of blue-eyed grass, 
green and gold (Chrysogonum virginianum), wild ginger (Asarum spp.),  dwarf 
crested iris (Iris cristata) and (BEST OF ALL!)  lady's-slipper 
orchid(Cypripedium acaule). 

Does anyone have any experience growing the lady's slipper?  Since the location 
was less than 5 miles from our house, the climate should be similar.  They were 
growing in fairly dense shade in a mixed pine and hardwood forest.  I've 
planted them in a similar location in our yard.  Any other suggestions?

Cyndi Bunn, Staff Specialist
Women's Studies at Duke University, Box 90760, Durham, NC  27708
phone 919.684.5683, fax 919.684.4652, e-mail cpbunn@duke.edu