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Platanthera lacera

Previously known as:

  • Habenaria lacera
Phonetic Spelling
LASS-er-a
Description

This wetland orchid is widely distributed throughout eastern and central Canada and the United States. The fringed appearance of the floral cluster gives it a unique appearance. It grows best in full or partial shade, moist conditions, and an acidic soil containing sand, silt-loam, peaty material, or some gravel. Native habitats include moist prairies and sand prairies, sandy swamps, moist open woodlands, shrubby bogs,  low areas along streams, sandy fields,  and ditches.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#white#yellow#partial shade#fragrant flowers#cream#perennial#green#acidic soil#pink flowers#wildflowers#riparian#fall interest#wetlands#moist soil#NC native#summer flowers#swamps#bogs#prairies#peat#sandy soils tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#white#yellow#partial shade#fragrant flowers#cream#perennial#green#acidic soil#pink flowers#wildflowers#riparian#fall interest#wetlands#moist soil#NC native#summer flowers#swamps#bogs#prairies#peat#sandy soils tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Platanthera
    Species:
    lacera
    Family:
    Orchidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    S. Central & E. Canada to E. Central & E. U.S.A., Costa Rica
    Distribution:
    United States: Ala., Ark., Conn., Del., D.C., Ill., Ind., Kans., Ky., Maine, Md., Mass., Mich., Minn., Miss., Mo., N.H., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Ohio, Okla., Pa., R.I., S.C., Tex., Vt., Va., W.Va., Wis. Canada: Manitoba, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
  • 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
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Frequent Standing Water
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    narrowly ellipsoid seed capsules about ¾" long containing numerous tiny seeds,
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Green
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Lipped
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Creamy to yellowish-green flowers in a spike-like cluster; lacerated lip creates a fringed appearance;
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Other/more complex
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Oblong
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Several oblong lower leaves; 2-8 in. long; reduced bract-like upper leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Pond
    Riparian
    Landscape Theme:
    Water Garden