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Platanthera cristata [= Habenaria cristata]

Yellow Crested Orchis, Crested Fringed Orchid, Golden Fringed Orchid

Scientific Name:

Platanthera cristata [= Habenaria cristata]

Genus:

Platanthera

Species Epithet:

cristata

Common Name:

Yellow Crested Orchis, Crested Fringed Orchid, Golden Fringed Orchid

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow, Green

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

June, July, August, September

Growing Area:

Mountains, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

“Savannas, bogs, moist roadsides” (Weakley 2015). Rare in NC Mountains, uncommon in Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Status:

W6: Watch List: Regionally Rare (*Key)

Blooming Plants

image

© David R. McAdoo

Closeup of Blooms

image

© David R. McAdoo

Bloom

image

David McAdoo

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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