Orchids are found all over the world.
Some orchids, such as the lady slippers, can even be found in Michigan. There are actually more varieties of orchids in Michigan, though they may not be immediately recognized as orchids.
When thinking of orchids, one immediately pictures a tropical jungle dripping with moisture.
While this is common territory for many orchids, this is not the only domain of these exotic flowers. Certain varieties of orchids will grow on the sides of mountains or at the base of waterfalls. Most orchids tend to grow year round, though there are a few varieties that have ‘bulbs’ from which they grow at certain times of the year. Once they have flowered, these plants do not typically live for long after (leaves die until the next growing season). The orchids of Michigan are these types of orchids, which is understandable considering the harsh winters.
© Christa Ickowski