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History behind the lady slipper

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Most people have seen a Pink and White Lady's Slipper and know it's the state flower. But does anyone know how, when and why it got that distinction?


In a Feb. 4, 1893 resolution that appears in the Senate Journal, a resolution was made to designate the lady slipper or moccasin, or Cypripedium calceolus, as the state flower. Problem was, it didn't actually grow in Minnesota.

A Feb. 2, 1902, issue of the Minneapolis Triune had the headline "State flower called fake."

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