Habitat loss due to fragmentation, suppression of fire, invasive species, changes in hydrology, loss of pollinators, and environmental challenges all responsible for its decline. It also has a low seed set caused by often unpollinated flowers. Because of this, it has died off entirely in Saskatchewan.
- Like many other Wild Orchids, it has also been endangered by collectors trying (and failing) to cultivate it
- The seeds are Fire-Resistant and grow well in charred soil
- Grows best in Calcareous soil (soil high in lime or chalk)