(Photo by Lura Pratson)

Missing since 1902, Rediscovered in Vermont in 2009


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Showy Lady Slipper's

Showy Lady Slipper's, found at the Eshqua Bog in Hartland, VT are a local natural wonder for all to see. Click here to get directions to see these rare orchids now. Hurry! These beauties only bloom for a short week or two. The Showy Lady Slipper's have been confirmed in bloom as early as Tuesday (6.19.18) of this week.

(Photo by Lura Pratson)

(Photo by Lura Pratson)

These flowers are extremely rare. They are found mostly in the Central North and North East regions of the United States. Many of the states that are home to these beautifully unique and rare orchids have labeled them endangered or vulnerable. Due to their risk of becoming extinct most of the land where you can catch sight of these flowers is protected. (Read more here.) Eshqua Bog is protected by The Nature Conservancy and New England Wildflower Society. In Vermont, there hadn't been a sighting from 1902 until 2009 when a staff member of the Green Mountain National Forest stumbled upon nearly 1000 plants. (Source1Source2.) This fact has become widely disputed as Eshqua Bog has been around years before 2009, and many locals claim to have seen them growing in the hills of Vermont during the said "missing" period. Showy Lady Slippers can be found on the "List of Rare and Uncommon Native Vascular Plants" published by the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife.

(Photo by Lura Pratson)

Eshqua Bog is not only home to one of the rarest species of orchids in North America, but it is also handicap accessible! No matter if you can walk or roll, everyone can find a space to enjoy the show from the Eshqua Bog. There is a boardwalk wide enough for wheelchairs that goes a good distance into the bog. At the end of the boardwalk, there are a few walking trails clearly marked with signs. Please, no dogs allowed.

(Photo by Lura Pratson)

(Photo by Lura Pratson)

(Photo by Lura Pratson)

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