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Platanthera nivea [= Habenaria nivea]

Snowy Orchid, Bog-spike, Frog Spear, Bog Torch, White Frog Arrow, White Rein Orchid

Scientific Name:

Platanthera nivea [= Habenaria nivea]

Genus:

Platanthera

Species Epithet:

nivea

Common Name:

Snowy Orchid, Bog-spike, Frog Spear, Bog Torch, White Frog Arrow, White Rein Orchid

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Wet

Bloom Time:

May, June, July, August, September

Growing Area:

Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Wet savannas…Essentially a Southeastern Coastal Plain endemic (Weakley 2015). Rare in the NC 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 Rank:

SH: Historical (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

T: Threatened (*Key)

Blooming Roadside

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© David R. McAdoo

Blooming Plants

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© David R. McAdoo

Blooms

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© David R. McAdoo

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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