Yellow lady’s slipper, American valerian, lady-slipper, nerve root, small golden slipper, small moccasin flower, small yellow lady’s slipper, yellow Indian shoe, yellow moccasin.
An aromatic perennial that grows to 4 to 28 inches in height. Ovate, alternate leaves grow from sheaths around stem of plant. It has large, sac-like yellow “slippers”. Flower petals range from greenish yellow to purplish brown.
April to June.
Bogs and moist places.
Roots in fall.
The plant is used as a sedative and in treating neuralgia. In Appalachia, a root tea is used to treat nervous ailments and headaches.