The swamps of Manitoba are amazing places. Some people think I am nuts for saying that, but I think it is true. Our swamps I (I really should say wetlands because swamps are just one type of wetland) contain some phenomenal beauty—like the Showy Lady’s-slipper. What could be more beautiful?
The scientific name for the Showy Lady’s-slipper is Cypripedium reginae and the second part of the name is Latin for Queen. This is indeed the queen of the wetland. It is one of the showiest and most splendid of our native orchids.