They *Kinda* Look Like Slippers...

Close up of a ladyslipper orchid
Close up of a ladyslipper orchid

The Cypripedium acaule sort of looks like a slipper. Mostly, they're beautiful and weird and rare. They're only in town for a brief visit, not going to spoil like guests or fish.

Ladyslipper bending over to look at something on the ground
Ladyslipper bending over to look at something on the ground

Ours are a sizeable colony of plants - we don't farm them exactly, but apparently there's a fungus, Rhizoctonia, that does. Yes, you read that right, they're farmed by a fungus in the ground, who feeds the baby orchid seeds.

Only a few of them bloom each season. They're long-lived plants, though, so maybe fifty years from now there will be a whole big bloom of them. Bees get stuck in the pouch of this flower, where there's nothing for them, but they shouldn't have been nosing around in a lady's slipper anyway.