Fairfield County wildflowers in danger because of deer
Fairfield County is in danger of losing the following beautiful and charismatic plants due to deer overpopulation:
Red trillium (Trillium erectum) is a native to Fairfield Co. and a well-documented victim of deer over-browse, and yet still familiar to most people.
Another charismatic lady's-slipper orchid also well-known to be a deer-yummy, and is State-listed as "Special Concern", is Yellow Lady's-slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum). It is a Fairfield Co. native, and is relatively more at-risk of extirpation due to deer predation than Red Trillium. It is on an official list as in trouble, generally recognized as a victim of deer browse, for sure a FF Co. native, and charismatic.
Showy Lady's-slipper (Cypripedium reginae) is a State-Endangered orchid whose most important threat is most likely deer.
Consulting Field Botanist