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Minnesota's state flower, the showy lady-slipper, hass been attracting thieves, who dig up the flowers on public lands. It's against the law, and probably won't yield transplants that grow, experts say, because the wild orchid needs such special conditions to grow.

State officials concerned about lady-slipper thefts

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Minnesota's state flower, the showy lady-slipper, can't help drawing attention.

But lately, the beautiful wild orchid -- pink and white with a distinctive pouch-like shape -- has been attracting thieves.

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The theft of plants from public lands is a crime -- one that's expanding nationwide. In southern Minnesota, the Brown County sheriff's office is investigating the recent theft of a clump of lady-slippers on public land near New Ulm.

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