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Goodyera pubescens

Phonetic Spelling
GOOD-yer-uh pew-BES-ens
Description

Goodyera pubescens is an evergreen herbaceous perennial in the orchid family that is native to dry to mesic woodlands, bluffs, wooded slopes, and wooded ravines.

The white leaf markings resemble the skin of some rattlesnakes,  and the flower stalks are covered with down, giving it the common name of downy rattlesnake plantain.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#white#evergreen#sun#showy flowers#partial shade#perennial#herbs#acidic soil#wildflowers#NC native#well-drained soil#summer flowers#herbaceous perennial#hairy#orchid#naturalizes#spiky#dry soils tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#white#evergreen#sun#showy flowers#partial shade#perennial#herbs#acidic soil#wildflowers#NC native#well-drained soil#summer flowers#herbaceous perennial#hairy#orchid#naturalizes#spiky#dry soils tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Goodyera
    Species:
    pubescens
    Family:
    Orchidaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Leaves have been used to make tea to improve appetite and treat colds and kidney problems.
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Root Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    SE. Canada to E. Central & E. U.S.A
    Distribution:
    Quebec to Minnesota, south to Oklahoma and Florida.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 9 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Lipped
    Flower Petals:
    2-3 rays/petals
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    white to greenish-white, hairy, rounded flowers with sac-like lower lips on dense, cylindrical raceme on the upper quarter of each flower stalk.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are bluish-green, with prominent white veins. Each leaf has a broad midvein with two smaller veins near the base of the blade that converge near the tip. Additional fine veins complete an irregular network pattern.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Native Garden
    Shade Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Dry Soil