Fairfield County wildflowers in danger because of deer

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.
 
Bill Moorhead
Consulting Field Botanist
Litchfield, CT