This section is from the book "Nature's Garden", by Neltje Blanchan. Also available from Amazon: Nature's Garden; An Aid To Knowledge Of Our Wild Flowers And Their Insect Visitors.
Quite different from the showy orchis, with its several-flowered spike of violet and pink blossoms, is this far more chaste and usually solitary showy lady's slipper which Dr. Gray has called "the most beautiful of the genus." Because the plants hide away in inaccessible swampy places, where only the most zealous, rubber-booted, swear-proof flower lover cares to penetrate, they have a reputation for rarity at which one who knows a dozen places to find colonies of the stately exquisites during a morning's walk in July, must smile with superiority. Wine appears to overflow the large white cup and trickle down its sides.