Fairy slipper is found beneath moist soils rich with decaying leaves and wood [40,41,50,55]. . Populations in south-central Montana were recorded on north and north-east aspects where it is cool and moist . It typically occurs in cool, shady areas, from sea level to mid-montane elevations [40,41,50,55], and tolerates boreal climates north of the Great Lakes region . The following table provides elevations where fairy slipper has been collected.
|Arizona||8,500 to 10,000 feet (2,590-3,048 m) |
|California||<5,900 feet (<1,800 m) |
|Colorado||7,000 to 10,000 feet (2,134-3,048 m) |
|New Mexico||7,000 to 10,000 feet (2,134-3,048 m) |
|Utah||8,900 to 10,500 feet (2,700-3,200 m) |
|Pacific Northwest (including British Columbia and Alaska)||sea level to mid-montane elevations [39,59]|
|Pryor Mountains (south-central Montana)||5,900 to 8,500 feet (1,800-2,600 m) |
|Alberta||1,600 to 5,200 feet (500-1,600 m) |
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