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Frog Orchid Dactylorhiza viridis var. virescens

Previously known as:

  • Coeloglossum viride var. virescens
  • Dactylorhiza viridis
  • Habenaria viridis var. bracteata
Phonetic Spelling
dak-ty-lor-RY-zuh VEER-ih-diss veer-ES-enz
Description

This orchid grows in coniferous and hardwood forests, tundra, prairies, meadows, thickets, coastal heaths, and bogs in shallow, moist areas that are wet in springtime. It is not recommended for home landscapes and is extremely rare within North Carolina.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#green#green flowers#wetlands#wet sites#moist soil#endangered#NC native#bogs#orchid#woodland#wildflower garden#rare#wet soils tolerant#native orchid
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#green#green flowers#wetlands#wet sites#moist soil#endangered#NC native#bogs#orchid#woodland#wildflower garden#rare#wet soils tolerant#native orchid
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Dactylorhiza
    Species:
    viridis
    Family:
    Orchidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Russian Far East to Japan, North America
    Distribution:
    USA: AK , AZ , CO , CT , IA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OH , PA , RI , SD , TN , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY Canada: NB , NS , PE
    Wildlife Value:
    This orchid is pollinated by wasps and small beetles.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Wildflower
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Frequent Standing Water
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Raceme
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Lipped
    Flower Description:
    Green flowers; bracts are two to three times as long as the flowers; short, inconspicuous spur
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Oblanceolate
    Obovate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Broad, blunt-tipped lower leaves;
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Wet Soil