The Showy Lady’s-Slipper became the state flower of Minnesota in 1902. It was first protected by state law in 1925 so it is illegal to pick them or dig them up. They bloom in our part of northern Minnesota from late June to early July.
In our yard, we have a patch of Large Yellow Lady’s-Slippers. I built a wire fence around them to protect them from being browsed. They bloom earlier than the Showy Lady’s-Slipper; this photo was taken on June 9.