Yellow Lady's-Slipper





Growing in bogs and low woods from Maine to Minnesota and Washington,

southward to Georgia and Missouri, there is a sweet-scented, little

yellow-and-brown flower called the yellow lady's-slipper, the plant of

which is said to have the same effect when handled as poison-ivy. This

flower is an orchid. The stalk, from one to two feet high, bears a

single blossom at the top, and the leaves, shaped and veined like those

of the lily-of-the-valley, grow alternately down the stem. The plant

does not branch. Like the ivy, the yellow lady's-slipper does not poison

every one.



I know of no other wild plants that are poisonous to the touch; the

following will poison only if taken inwardly.





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