Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Showy Orchis

Galearis spectabilis
A slow spreading, clumping perennial, reaching up to 6 inches in height, that is native to eastern North America ( from central Minnesota to Upper Peninsula of Michigan to southern Quebec to New Brunswick; south to southeast Oklahoma to northern Georgia to southeast Virginia ).
The broadly-oval to oblong, basal leaves, up to 8 x 3.5 inches in size, are smooth, mid-green. There are 2 leaves per bulb.
The flowers, up to 1 inch in length, are borne 2 to 12 on a raceme. The pink to pale purple, hooded flowers are borne during late spring.
The flowers are followed by upright capsules up to 1 inch in length.
Hardy zones 4 to 7 in partial shade on moist, fertile, well drained soil.

* photos taken on May 6 2015 @ Cypressmeade Park, Ellicott City, MD

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