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Platanthera grandiflora (Greater Purple Fringed Orchid)

Greater Purple Fringed Orchid, Large Purple Fringed Orchid, Greater Purple Fringed Bog Orchid, Plume-Royal, Blephariglotis grandiflora, Habenaria fimbriata, Habenaria grandiflora, Habenaria psycodes var. grandiflora


A very showy bog orchid, Platanthera grandiflora (Greater Purple Fringed Orchid) is a stout herbaceous perennial boasting racemes of up to 55 pink to purple (rarely white) flowers. The showy flowers consist of three lobes and a labellum that is deeply fringed. Blooming from early to late summer, they are visited by swallowtail butterflies and moths. The inflorescences are borne atop unbranched leafy stems clad with 2-6 narrow pointed leaves. The flowers give way to slender pods packed with thousands of small seeds maturing in the fall. Native to eastern North America, Platanthera grandiflora is primarily a wetland species and can be found in moist forests and fields, marshes, bogs, and swamps. Stunning in the summer bog garden.

  • Grows up to 2-4 ft. tall (60-120 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade in moist to wet soils. Best flower production occurs in full sun.
  • A beautiful addition to bog gardens or pond areas.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Native to the East Coast of the United States and Canada, from Georgia to Quebec.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Plant Type Orchids, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Water Needs High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Plant Type Orchids, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Water Needs High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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