Jan. 4, 2017

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Orchids are well known to many wildflower buffs.  Many others think of them as something exotic or tropical.  They are at home in all climates and habitats.  They are particularly well suited for northern extremes, where nutrient poor soils are more common.  Here in Lenawee County Michigan, people are often surprised to know we have showy lady-slippers.  We have at least five sites, one in a state park.  I have yet to meet a state park worker who knows about them.  At another site, there is a large patch of them that never blooms.  The deer eat the buds every year.  The most recently discovered site is a preserve newly acquired by Adrian College.