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Calopogon pallidus

Phonetic Spelling
kal-oh-POH-gon PAL-lid-dus
Description

Pale Grass-pink is a native perennial orchid found in moist areas such as bogs, pinelands, and meadows and is known to flower abundantly after disturbances such as wildfires. It is found in the coastal areas from VA to FL and west to LA.

This unusual plant produces several pink or white non-resupinate flowers and grass-like basal leaves. The flowers of this orchid have the lip on the upper part of the bloom as a way to trick bees in for pollination. This plant is perhaps best left in its native habitat to enjoy.

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Tags:
#bees#heat tolerant#native perennial#NC native#bogs#native wildflower#wildflower garden#Coastal OBL#food source nectar#food source pollen#Piedmont Mountains OBL#bird friendly#wildflower#audubon
 
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Tags:
#bees#heat tolerant#native perennial#NC native#bogs#native wildflower#wildflower garden#Coastal OBL#food source nectar#food source pollen#Piedmont Mountains OBL#bird friendly#wildflower#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Calopogon
    Species:
    pallidus
    Family:
    Orchidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southeastern U.S.A.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Description:
    Fruits are available July-August.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Lipped
    Flower Description:
    Flowers bloom May-July and are white to pink in color. The orchid type bloom has the lip on the top rather than the bottom of the bloom.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Grass-like basal leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Heat