It is a large sized, cold growing, erect, terrestrial plant which reaching 15-61 cm long with 2, plicate, opposite, basal, elliptic, obtuse, 9-30 cm long and 2.5-15 cm wide leaves. Moccasin Flower blooms in the spring and early summer on a terminal, slender, to 45 cm long inflorescence carrying a solitary, nodding, showy flower arising with the new leaves in the spring in the south through summer in the north. The flowers have a distinctive, slipper-like lip about two inches long. The lip is pink, ranging in color from very light pink to deep rose, with darker red or violet veins. The lip is cleft along the middle and flanked by a pair of tapering, narrow twisted petals that are yellowish green to purple with fine hairs.