The ecology of the Lady Slipper show-cases an unusual mutualistic relationship with a fungal species. As the seed does not carry a food
supply with it (atypical), it relies on the fungus to supply necessary nutrients for growth and development. As the plant matures, the adult will likewise supply the products of photosynthesis to the fungus once the Lady Slipper is established.  


It is this interdependency that makes growing and transplanting of Lady Slippers difficult; and the growing of the plant from seed very difficult.