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Plant Details

Galearis spectabilis (=Orchis spectabilis)

Showy Orchis

Scientific Name:

Galearis spectabilis (=Orchis spectabilis)

Common Name:

Showy Orchis

Plant Family

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Perennial

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink, Lavender

Size in Feet:

.5 to 1

Light:

Part-sun, Shade

Soil Moisture:

Mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

April - May - June - July

Bloom Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Rich, deciduous forests, most typically over calcareous or mafic rocks per Weakley.

State Rank:

S4 - 100-1000 Extant Populations - Apparently secure in NC, with many occurrences (*)

Closeup of Blooms

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Max Patch, 2004

Plants in Bloom

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Max Patch, 2001

Plant in Full Bloom

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© David R. McAdoo

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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