This website will be removed on December 31st, 2017.
If you are the site owner, please visit the Server Decommissioning
page for more details.
The Large Yellow Lady's Slipper
is easily recognizable due to its
curiously formed lip which forms
a slipper and can be nearly two inches
long. Interestingly it is
one of the few flowers which has been named for
its shape. The flowers of
the plant are mostly solitary, rarely however two
to three on a plant may occur at
the top of a leafy stem which are a foot or
more high. The entire plant
can reach up to 80 cm.
The three to five bright green
leaves are strongly ribbed,
ovalshaped and sheath the stem.
The leaves are usually six to ten
inches long and two to four inches
The Lady's Slipper's roots
are horizontal, crooked and fleshy with
numerous fibrous roots. They
are about a line in diameter, tufted,
brownish yellow, forming a gray
powder. The root contains a slight
unpleasant relaxing odor and has
a slightly bitter and nauseous taste.
Medicinally the roots are nearly
pure relaxants. Their influence is
expended wholly upon the nervous
system, which soothes and calms
the entire system easing all forms
of pain growing out of local or general
irritation and inducing quiet and