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Calopogon tuberosus (Grass Pink)

Bearded Pink, Grass Pink Orchid, Meadow Pink, Swamp Pink, Tuberous Grass Pink, Grass Pink, Calopogon pulchellus, Limodorum tuberosum


Calopogon tuberosus (Grass Pink) is a delicate, sweetly fragrant orchid boasting graceful, willowy stems bearing several long-lasting flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), opening in sequence in spring and summer. The ravishing blossoms are rose-pink to pale orchid with gold and white beards at their tip. They give way to fat green pods packed with thousands of small seeds maturing in late summer. The leaves, originating from a corm, are narrow, grass-like, up to 12 in. long (30 cm), and appear with the flowers. This showy bog orchid slowly multiplies to form a charming colony. Perfect for a wet sunny meadow or a bog garden with acidic soil.

  • Grows up to 2-4 ft. tall (60-120 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun in acidic, sandy or gravelly, wet soils.
  • A beautiful addition to bog or pond areas, containers.
  • Propagate by separation of corms.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Native to eastern North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 10
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Water Needs High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Poorly Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Wet Soil
Garden Uses Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 10
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Water Needs High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Poorly Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Wet Soil
Garden Uses Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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