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Platanthera blephariglottis (White Fringed Orchid)

White Fringed Orchid, White Fringed Bog Orchid, Blephariglottis blephariglottis, Habenaria blephariglottis var. blephariglottis


A very showy bog orchid, Platanthera blephariglottis (White Fringed Orchid) is a stout herbaceous perennial boasting large cylindrical clusters of up to 20-50 white flowers adorned with deeply fringed lip petals. Attractive to butterflies and moths, each flower has a slender spur curving below and behind the lip of the orchid. Blooming for about a month in mid to late summer, the inflorescences are borne atop unbranched leafy stems clad with alternately arranged leaves. The leaves on the lower part of the stem are lance-shaped, with smooth edges. The upper leaves are much smaller. White Fringed Orchids are wetland plants which are found mainly in bogs and peaty open wetlands in sphagnum. Throughout their North American range, they can be seen growing in bogs, fens, marshes, and moist meadows. Stunning in the summer acidic bog garden.

  • Grows up to 8-44 in. tall (20-110 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade in acidic, moist to wet soils. Best flower production occurs in full sun.
  • A beautiful addition to bog gardens or pond areas, containers.
  • Propagate by root division.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Native to the eastern United States as well as the eastern provinces of Canada. This plant is listed as Endangered in Connecticut and Ohio and Threatened in Florida, Maryland, and Rhode Island.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Plant Type Orchids, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 8" – 4' (20cm – 120cm)
Water Needs High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, 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 – 9
Plant Type Orchids, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 8" – 4' (20cm – 120cm)
Water Needs High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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