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Snake-mouth Orchid Pogonia ophioglossoides

Phonetic Spelling
poh-GOH-nee-uh oh-fee-oh-gloss-OY-deez
Description

A perennial wildflower-herb in the orchid family that grows in savannahs, bogs, low ditches, and swamps. It usually has only 1 flower on an erect, slender stem.  It can be distinguished from other varieties by its bearded labellum (a central petal at the base of the flower).  Along the center of the labellum are rows of pink, purple or yellow hairs that give a bearded look to the flower.

There is usually a single clasping simple leaf halfway up the stem.  The plant may also have a stalkless bract growing below the flower.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#fragrant flowers#acidic soil#upright#bumblebees#NC native#native wildflower
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#fragrant flowers#acidic soil#upright#bumblebees#NC native#native wildflower
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Pogonia
    Species:
    ophioglossoides
    Family:
    Orchidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central Canada to Eastern Central & Eastern U.S.A
    Wildlife Value:
    Bumblebees frequent this plant
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Native Plant
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Occasionally Wet
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Erect and pointing upwards or outward. It goes from green to light brown and will split to expose tiny seeds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Singly borne rose-pink flowers; lip formed by lower petal is densely bearded or crested
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    2 to 4 in. single leaf is located about midway on the stem; basal leaves are absent at flowering
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Description:
    Single stemmed, hairless and green, darker near the base
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees