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Platanthera ciliaris (Orange Fringed Orchid)

Orange Fringed Orchid, Yellow Fringed Orchid, Orange Plume, Bobwhite's-mocassin, Owl's-head, Blephariglotis ciliaris, Habenaria ciliaris


A very showy bog orchid, Platanthera ciliaris (Orange Fringed Orchid) is stout herbaceous perennial boasting racemes of up to 30-60 bright yellow to orange flowers adorned with drooping, deeply fringed lip petals. Attractive to butterflies and moths, each flower has a spur that is about 2-3 times as long as the lip. Blooming for about a month in mid to late summer, the inflorescences are borne atop unbranched leafy stems clad with a few narrow pointed leaves. The flowers give way to slender pods packed with thousands of small seeds maturing in the fall. Stunning in the summer acidic bog garden.

  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade in sandy, moist soils. Best flower production occurs in full sun.
  • A beautiful addition to bog or pond areas, containers.
  • Propagate by seeds in sterile culture.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Native to most of eastern and south central United States. Listed as threatened or endangered in most states

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Plant Type Orchids, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, 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
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Plant Type Orchids, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, 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
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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