Pink Lady Slippers

suzyq6203June 17, 2006

If anyone learns of any person from the southern manitoba area that is selling pink lady slippers, please let me know. We have a very limited wild pink lady slipper population... and someone has been digging them up. Between June 13th and June 15th I found 17 spots within a 1000 sq meter area that had been dug. This would indicate to me that someone is planning on selling them. The wild lady slippers are protected by our provincial environment department... and we would like to catch the person(s) doing this to our rare treasure. Your help is greatly appreciated. Please email me at nlmac@goinet.ca. Thank you so much.

Norma MacMillan

Arden, MB

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hunnerbun(Z-0b, Manitoba)

Norma, you might want to start this same thread over on the Far North Gardening forum as well. There are lots of people that read and post over there that are from Manitoba.

Good luck catching whoever is doing this.

Here is a link that might be useful: Far North Gardening

    Bookmark   June 18, 2006 at 10:31PM
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tiffy_z5_6_can(5/6)

Norma,

Could be someone who's filling their garden as well.

Here in Nova Scotia, they are on the endangered list and it is unlawful to pick the plant or the flower. We have them growing in a small meadow, both the pinks and the whites (which are even more rare). We've had folks ask if they could have some for their gardens, in which case I educated them in regards to the fact that it takes seven year for this plant to flower after the seed germinates, and once the flower is picked, the plant will never bloom again.

We have 14 prescious 'Ladies' as we call them. They are real treasures!

    Bookmark   June 20, 2006 at 9:17PM
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suzyq6203

Thank you so much hunnerbun and tiffy for the information and direction. Still on the hunt for the culprit(s), but I have managed to enlist the help of our municipality and our local newspaper. And I have managed to get a few neighbors on the lookout as well.
Happy gardening.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2006 at 2:42AM
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daylady(3b mb ca)

we have had holes dug around in the ditch where there had been yellow and pink lady slippers growing. The road crews usually cut the grass along the ditch and cut down the lady slippers too. I found a pink lady slipper cut in half from the swather and I dug it up and planted it in my flower bed. It bloomed the next year too. I hate to dig them up, but thought of it a 'rescue' instead. right now the lady slippers are still blooming and the red lilies are in full bloom too.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2006 at 3:08PM
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